Lecture: Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project


By Dr. Jason Mancini, Executive Director, Connecticut Humanities

Thursday, September 27th.  Reception 6 pm, Lecture 7 pm

Tickets: $10 Members/$15 non-members
Over nine million acres of Indian Country in southern New England and Long Island was reduced to less than 30,000 acres by the American Revolution.  Indians across the region adjusted in different ways to this rapidly changing world.  One important and largely unseen shift involved the participation of Indian men in various forms of maritime labor - from shipbuilding to whaling.  This talk focuses on the hundreds of Indians that found work in the ports of Mystic, Stonington, and New London and explores their “roots” and “routes,” the global social networks they formed, and their traveling histories from the objects they collected and stories they told.  Dr. Mancini will present whaleship routes mapped on Google Earth, details from explorations in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Alaska, as well as his own experiences on the “mighty waters.”

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