CT Humanities Director Jason Mancini to Speak at La Grua Center September 12

Wednesday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
$5 Suggested Donation

Native Americans in SE New England, with Jason Mancini
Beyond Reservation: Indian Survival in Southern New England

There are roughly nine million acres of land in southern New England. The process of colonization by Europeans was so rapid and thorough that by the American Revolution, Indians in this region collectively possessed less than 30,000 acres. This presentation provides an overview of how Indians and their communities responded to land dispossession, negotiated race, ethnicity, and identity, and how they maintained social and kinship networks on land and at sea. Specific attention is given to areas beyond the bounds of colony-established reservations including rural communities of color, Indian mariners, and urban Indian neighborhoods.

Jason Mancini is the executive director of CT Humanities and former executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. During the past 30 years, he has worked with, conversed, and shared his archival research with the tribes and indigenous peoples of southern New England. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from UConn, where he is an adjunct professor of anthropology.