Learn about Indian Mariners at the Greenwich Library

Dr. Jason Mancini of the Pequot Museum will speak on the history of Native Americans and the waters of Long Island Sound on Saturday, September 26, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. The Indian Mariners Project explores the history of and ongoing relationship between Native people and the sea.

As Europeans settled in the Colonies, Indians found themselves creating new social networks and relationships. As it became harder to make a living off the land, Native Americans got involved in commerce, shipbuilding, and whaling. The historical evidence for this involvement is shown in shipping crew lists and custom records.

Dr. Mancini’s research explores previously undocumented maritime adaptations of indigenous social networks that emerged as a response to European colonization and land dispossession during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The project connects Indian men, through their lives and work at sea, to new peoples and places around the globe.

In addition to developing a deeper understanding of the individuals who were part of these social networks, a principal goal of the Indian Mariners Project is to create and share a series of digital maps revealing the global traveling histories of American Indian mariners with local audiences.

Dr. Jason Mancini is Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College. Mancini holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. Visit www.indianmarinersproject.com for more information.

This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information email Local History Librarian Carl White at [email protected] or call 203-622-7948.

Dr. Jason Mancini

Dr. Jason Mancini

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