Indigenizing Historical Narratives
Chris Newell, Abbe Museum
Wednesday, June 2 at 2 p.m.
Non-Native understandings of the history of Connecticut are often centered around colonial narratives beginning with the establishment of colonies in the 17th century. This results in pedagogies of history that contribute to erasure of Indigenous populations in the region for over 12,000 years prior to European colonization and continue the process. By re-incorporating the narratives of Native populations back into the narrative of history and social studies we create a mutually beneficial environment that is inclusive of the living Native populations of modern day Connecticut providing a clearer picture of its creation and existence. This talk will focus on entry points for these conversations and helpful tips on the proper use of language and vocabulary when incorporating them into content.
Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) is Executive Director and Sr. Partner to Wabanaki Nations for the Abbe Museum in Moneskatik (Bar Harbor, ME). He was born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. He is a longtime member of the Mystic River singers, an internationally acclaimed and award winning intertribal pow wow drum group based out of Connecticut. He served for six years as the Education Supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Out of the museum, Chris and his museum colleagues co-founded the Akomawt Educational Initiative as a response to observations of the public school system and the lack of representation of Native history and social studies. Chris combines his music and education disciplines together and often makes presentations that educate, but also entertain. In 2019 and 2020, he was honored by the New England Museum Association with Excellence Awards. He is a current board member for the New England Museum Association, the Tides Institute, a member of the Maine Arts Commission and the New England Foundation for the Arts Advisory Council.
Charter Oak Sponsor: Connecticut Explored
Golden Key Sponsor: The History Press/Arcadia Publishing
Connecticut League of History OrganizationsCentral Connecticut State University, Department of History1615 Stanley StreetNew Britain, CT 06050(860) firstname.lastname@example.org
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