We are pleased that Gerald Vizenor (White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg) is visiting the Research Library on Saturday, October 18, 2014. He reads from, and talks about, his new novel, Blue Ravens, recently published by Wesleyan University Press which is supporting, in part, his visit here.
Join us to hear from one of the most well-known and respected Native writers of our time.
1:30-3 pm in the Research Library. FREE! Call 860-396-6897 or email email@example.com for more information.
Dawnland Voices: An
Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England. Siobhan Senier, editor. Lincoln,
NE: University of Nebraska, 2014.
Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy,
Penobscot, Abenaki, Nipmuc, Wampanoag, Narragansett, Mohegan, and Schaghticoke voices,
past and present, are collected in this hefty paperback. We turned first to the
Schaghticoke section to read the essays by Trudie Lamb Richmond, former director
of Public Programming here at the Museum, and who is, in the words of a
colleague, “a living legend.” The writings gathered together here highlight the
rich literary traditions of Native New England.
What was Connecticut's role in King Philip's War? Why did the colony remain unscathed when many towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were destroyed? Find out the answers on October 11, 2014, when Major Jason W. Warren visits the Research Library. Major Warren lectures at 1:30 pm and signs books afterwards. Buy a copy of the compelling book at the Gift Shop!
$10 for the lecture; Museum admission is not required. Please call (800) 411-9671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675–1676
Volume 45 in the Campaigns and Commanders Series published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
Major Jason W. Warren, U.S. Army, received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professor of history at West Point. He is a strategist at the Army War College. Major Warren conducted research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center about the participation of Pequot and Mohegan forces in King Philip's War.
Book cover and photo courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Press.
On June 29, the American Indian Library Association hosted the
2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award ceremony at ALA in Las Vegas. The
audience cheered the winners and laughed with multiple award-winning author Tim Tingle, whose key note speech was filled with humor and emotion.
Click here to go to Tu Books site with more photos of the ceremony. Tu Books, an Imprint of Lee and Low Books, published the Young Adult award winning book, Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki).
Learn about King Philip’s War through a modern
military lens in this intriguing presentation by U.S. Army Major (Dr.) Jason
Warren about his book, Connecticut
Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676. King Philip’s
War, one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history, saw many towns in
Rhode Island and Massachusetts destroyed, while Connecticut remained unscathed. The book refocuses Connecticut’s role
in the war and discusses how the colony achieved success by establishing a
policy of moderation towards the Native groups living within its borders. Major
Warren lectures at 1:30, and signs books, 2:30-4:30, in the Research Library.
$10 for lecture; Museum admission is not required. To register, call (800)
411-9671 or email email@example.com by Oct. 9.
Gerald Vizenor Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:30-3 pm In the Research Library
Vizenor, prolific novelist, poet, literary critic, and citizen of the White
Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg in Minnesota, reads from and signs copies of
his new novel, Blue Ravens. Vizenor retells
his uncles’ stories of growing up on the White Earth Reservation, where their
family was known for operating tribal newspapers. He follows their saga as
soldiers, fighting on the battlefields of Château-Thierry, Montbréhain, and
Bois de Fays, during WWI. After their service, his uncles return to the White
Earth Reservation, only to find that they are captives in their own land.
Eventually, they leave again, going to Paris to pursue their creative
Gerald Vizenor in Paris
is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California,
Berkeley. His novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China, won the
American Book Award and the New York Fiction Collective Award. He was the
primary author of the White Earth Nation's newly ratified constitution. Mr. Vizenor's appearance at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is supported in part by the Wesleyan University Press, publisher of Blue Ravens.
7th Generation, an imprint of Book Publishing
Company in Summertown, Tennessee, has added two new titles in their high
interest, quick-read series, Pathfinders.
Tim Tingle (Choctaw) continues Danny
Blackgoat’s story in the second of three books about the Navajo teenager taken
prisoner during the Long Walk of 1864. Look for Danny Blackgoat: Rugged Roadto
Freedom and you will want go back and read the first book, Danny Blackgoat,
Navajo Prisoner which was named the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award
Honor Book for Middle School.
Gary Robinson writes about contemporary American Indian boys
exploring their heritage through sports, canoe trips, powwows, and more. His
latest book is Son Who Returns. Fifteen
year old Mark Centeno spends the summer with his Chumash grandmother: “I had attended
one of the largest gatherings of Native people in the country. And I had danced
the Men’s Traditional style like my grandfather before me.”
We are the Information Resources Department of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Consisting of a Research Library, Children's Library and Archives & Special Collections, our holdings of over 50,000 titles contain current and historical works on the histories and cultures of North American indigenous peoples, with a special focus on the Northeast.
The Libraries are free and are open Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and July 4.
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