Celebrating Indigenous Women Leaders of Our Region w/ Author Evan Pritchard (Native New Yorkers)
In celebration of Indigenous People's Day we will do ceremony (remotely) to honor some of the great indigenous women leaders of the Algonquins, a large cultural group to whom our own Esopus Munsee / Delaware belong. In this workshop, we will discuss and honor Algonquin "Sunkskwa" (female leaders), especially Kingston's famed Mama Nuchwe. In addition, we will remember a host of female sachems such as Wawamis and Manveht, both of whom signed the treaty of New Paltz; Witamoo, Queen of New England who commanded 300 warriors; Nipapoa ("Hidden Moon") of Saugerties; Magnus Sunksquaw of the Narragansett who fought against Major Talbot in the battle of Taunton, Mass; and many many others. We will also discuss plans for a celebration of women leaders this January, which will mark the 340th anniversary of Mama Nuchwe’s signing of the historic Niccols Treaty with England, a document which ultimately averted warfare. This workshop combines ceremonial participation, guided meditation, multi-media presentations, stories, native education, and much more, a timely and powerful experience.
Bio: Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi'kmaq people, has taught Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Steeped in bird lore by his Mi'kmaq great aunt Helen Perley, he is the author of several books, including Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time. A regular on radio shows such as NPR's "Fresh Air" and on the History Channel, he lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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