Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dawnland Voices

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.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Major Jason W. Warren

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 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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

American Indian Youth Literature Award Ceremony

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).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676

Saturday, Oct. 11, 1:30-4:30 pm
Meet the Author: Major Jason Warren

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 by Oct. 9.

Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1:30-3 pm
In the Research Library

Gerald 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, MontbrĂ©hain, 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 dreams. 
Gerald Vizenor in Paris
Gerald Vizenor 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.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2 New Pathfinders Books

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 Road to 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.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Russ Cohen

Russell A. Cohen stopped by the Research Library last fall and noticed that we did not have a copy of his book, Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, in our reference collection. He promptly gave us a copy and generously included a large handful of shelled shagbark hickory nuts and some delicious cookies made with hickory nuts. The cookies disappeared the next morning at a staff meeting, but we saved the nuts and shared them during the Native Cooking demonstration on the Farmstead. We all now know how hard it is to crack and pick the meat out of shagbark hickory nuts.

Russ, who is Rivers Advocate, Division of Ecological Restoration, Department of Fish and Game, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is coming the Museum on Wednesday, April 23. At 11:30-12:15 pm, he talks about the food we can find in the spring. From 1-2 pm, he talks about finding and preparing summer and fall foods. Maybe you will be able to "shop" in the fields and forests this spring and summer.

His talks are part of our Earth Week celebration and are free with Museum admission and free to Museum members.  If you have ever wanted to forage for food, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about eating wild plants and to meet an engaging forager.