UNH Conference

Writing of Indigenous New England: Sat., Nov 2, 2013

This year’s conference will be small and workshop-style, devoted to expanding the website, Writing of Indigenous New England (INE). The site allows tribal historians in remote locations to upload digital documents and photos, tag them with appropriate metadata, and curate them in interpretive exhibits.  University students and even local volunteers can collaborate on these projects, either training tribal members to use the website, or digitizing materials and uploading materials for them. If you are interested in participating in this public history project, please stop by, or contact ssenier@unh.edu. The day is free and open to the public.

10-12 in MUB 336 Rocking the Boat:  Public Memory and Indigenous Rights Approaching the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Landing.  A roundtable discussion led by Wampanoag elders Joan Tavares Avant and Linda Coombs.

12:00 UNH powwow Grand Entry

2:00 in MUB DL (basement) Introduction to Omeka and grassroots digitization

For more information, contact ssenier@unh.edu.


Past Conference Archives:

The 2012 Indigenous New England Conference will be held on Saturday, November 3, in rooms 330 and 334 of the Memorial Union Building.  The UNH powwow is in the same building on the same day.

Stories in Baskets: Archiving Native New Hampshire

This year we have partnered with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Wijokadoak for a one-day event focused on Native American culture and history in New Hampshire.  Our starting point is “Along the Basket Trail,” an exhibit created in 2011 by MKIM with the Hopkinton and Warner Historical Societies.  This exhibit is now online, with much room to expand.  So we are inviting Native and non-Native scholars, students and community members to this working conference to explore how we can sustain and build this archive: with additional baskets, with Native American writing and history.

Our day will involve parallel sessions.  In one room, we will offer presentations by Abenaki historians and digital-archive workshops, as listed below.  In the other room, Abenaki basketmakers Denise Pouliot and Liz Charlebois will be offering hands-on demonstrations of techniques; they will be joined for a discussion of antique and contemporary baskets by staff from the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.  Members of the public with baskets to identify are welcome to bring them along.

8:30-9:00            coffee and registration

9:00-10:30            Keynote: historian David Stewart-Smith: “Native Identity Reemerges from the Frontier —  Invisibility Isn’t Safe Any More”

10:45-12:15            Workshop I: Digital Collecting/Curating (for historical societies)

12:30-1:30            lunch panel: The History of New Hampshire Basketmaking with Lynn Clark, Nancy Jo Chabot, Rebecca Courser

1:45-3:15            Workshop II: Digital Collecting/Curating (for students)

3:30-5:00            Plenary Talk: John and Donna Moody, Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions: “Legacies of Abenaki, Native & African-American Traditions, Culture, and History in the Genesis of the northern New England Way of Life”

7:00            Paul Pouliot, Sagamo, Cowasuck Pennacook Band of Abenaki “Native American Indian percussion musical instruments,” hands-on demonstration and powerpoint lecture

The conference is free and open to the public.  We encourage you to visit the Native food vendors at the powwow during the day; other campus dining options can be found here.  For area hotels, click here.  For more info, contact ssenier@unh.edu.

This conference is generously supported by the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, and the UNH Sustainability Institute.  The 2010 and 2011 conferences are archived here.

2 thoughts on “UNH Conference

  1. Thanks you for creating this conference, for the exceptional panel of people you’ve included and for your site to display and comment on the Wabanaki peoples’ heritage! Wish I could be there.

  2. I wish I had found this site prior to the 2012 Conference. I do not want to miss the next one! I have a small archive of items and writings. Now that I am old and lame, I feel an increasing need to find local community since moving from NH to Maine. I used to be a volunteer in community development at The Drum, Inc in Manchester, NH in the early days and instrumental in procuring woodlands and a meeting house in Raymond, NH along with Sharon Hunt Gonzales and Mali Keating. Mali passed on and Sharon retired and others took over and I got taxed out of my home in NH and moved 50 miles north into the Lakes Region of Maine. I have become sad over these few years without family and community here. In the past three years, My brother Mike, who was given to the church, finally got at his records and found me. No one told him his ancestory. Not only did he not know he is Abenaki, the church told his adoptive parents he was White! Of course he obviously wasn’t and his adoptive mother could see through the lies and she loved having a Native baby. I explained hiding in plain sight to him. He is kind of a deer in the headlights. I am teaching him to be able to fit in. It is hard. I jokingly call him a Disneyland Indian but in a silly way. We want to write a book about our separation and finding eachother in out 50’s.

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