Event—Public Programming

At Home in Native New England: Spaces of Indigenous Encounters with Colonialism in the 18th-Century Northeast

This talk examines the materials and meanings of "home" for diverse Native American communities of the eighteenth-century American Northeast, a time of pervasive transformations for tribal people and nations. It brings us down to ground level to explore a series of houses, churches, schoolhouses, fences, pathways, and other features of cultural landscapes, and considers how tribal communities such as Mohegan, Niantic, and Narragansett strategically responded to Euro-American' (mis)perceptions about their presence and future, particularly as seen in the ethnographic writings and drawings of colonial minister and Yale College President Ezra Stiles.