Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

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.