No account of the history of the Adirondacks is complete without a consideration of its Abenaki residents, and the Adirondack Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts that help illustrate the story of Abenaki culture and its significance in the Adirondack region.
In the final installment of the Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sundays series, anthropologist Christopher Roy and an Abenaki panel including Andree Newton, Diane Cubit, and James Watsaw, will discuss the experiences of Abenaki families in the Adirondack region and throughout the Northeast for the past several centuries.
From historic figures such as Sabael Benedict and Mitchell Sabattis to the many Abenaki families who continue to live within the region (or nearby in the Albany Capital District), the Abenaki have been central to the Adirondack story. This program will feature presentations from Abenaki panelists, who will speak about their families’ experiences in the Adirondacks, and anthropologist Christopher Roy will provide brief introductory and concluding remarks, and highlight important Abenaki-related collections at the Adirondack Museum.
Christopher Roy is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted field and archival research among the Abenaki, a First Nations people with a long history in and around the Adirondack region. His work thus far has been particularly concerned with histories of residence on and off the reserve, the ways in which Abenaki people and scholars come to understand Abenaki history, and legal changes impacting the rights and status of Abenaki people in the United States and Canada. He has also become very interested in the development of collaborative relationships between museums and indigenous communities.
“The Abenaki in the Adirondacks: Diverse Experiences from the 18th to the 21st Century will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 19, in the Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.