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 is a lifelong Connecticut resident and was recently appointed as executive director of CT Humanities. He has a PhD, as well as an MA, in anthropology from the University of Connecticut. He has been a visiting assistant professor of history at Brown University and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Anthropology at UConn. He is passionate about the humanities, history, culture, and the arts. In the past, he has partnered with both Connecticut Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities on projects. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. His recent research projects have focused on Indian histories after 1700 and involve Indian social networks, Indian mariners, urban Indian communities, race and ethnicity in New England, cultural landscapes and oral histories. He is the former executive director and senior researcher of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.
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