UNH Conference


SATURDAY, NOV. 1, 2014 in Holloway Commons at UNH


This year, in lieu of the annual Indigenous New England Conference, we will be holding a dinner celebration in honor of the tribal editors and authors who contributed to Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England.  The book will be issued by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2014.  Following the dinner, some of the authors will be reading from their work.

For more information contact ssenier@uh.edu or 603-862-2466.



Past Conference Archives:

Writing of Indigenous New England: Sat., Nov 2, 2013

This year's conference will be small and workshop-style, devoted to expanding the website, Writing of Indigenous New England (INE). The site allows tribal historians in remote locations to upload digital documents and photos, tag them with appropriate metadata, and curate them in interpretive exhibits.  University students and even local volunteers can collaborate on these projects, either training tribal members to use the website, or digitizing materials and uploading materials for them. If you are interested in participating in this public history project, please stop by, or contact ssenier@unh.edu. The day is free and open to the public.

10-12 in MUB 336 Rocking the Boat:  Public Memory and Indigenous Rights Approaching the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Landing.  A roundtable discussion led by Wampanoag elders Joan Tavares Avant and Linda Coombs.

12:00 UNH powwow Grand Entry

2:00 in MUB DL (basement) Introduction to Omeka and grassroots digitization

For more information, contact ssenier@unh.edu.


The 2012 Indigenous New England Conference will be held on Saturday, November 3, in rooms 330 and 334 of the Memorial Union Building.  The UNH powwow is in the same building on the same day.

Stories in Baskets: Archiving Native New Hampshire

This year we have partnered with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Wijokadoak for a one-day event focused on Native American culture and history in New Hampshire.  Our starting point is “Along the Basket Trail,” an exhibit created in 2011 by MKIM with the Hopkinton and Warner Historical Societies.  This exhibit is now online, with much room to expand.  So we are inviting Native and non-Native scholars, students and community members to this working conference to explore how we can sustain and build this archive: with additional baskets, with Native American writing and history.

Our day will involve parallel sessions.  In one room, we will offer presentations by Abenaki historians and digital-archive workshops, as listed below.  In the other room, Abenaki basketmakers Denise Pouliot and Liz Charlebois will be offering hands-on demonstrations of techniques; they will be joined for a discussion of antique and contemporary baskets by staff from the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.  Members of the public with baskets to identify are welcome to bring them along.

8:30-9:00            coffee and registration

9:00-10:30            Keynote: historian David Stewart-Smith: "Native Identity Reemerges from the Frontier --  Invisibility Isn't Safe Any More"

10:45-12:15            Workshop I: Digital Collecting/Curating (for historical societies)

12:30-1:30            lunch panel: The History of New Hampshire Basketmaking with Lynn Clark, Nancy Jo Chabot, Rebecca Courser

1:45-3:15            Workshop II: Digital Collecting/Curating (for students)

3:30-5:00            Plenary Talk: John and Donna Moody, Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions: "Legacies of Abenaki, Native & African-American Traditions, Culture, and History in the Genesis of the northern New England Way of Life"

7:00            Paul Pouliot, Sagamo, Cowasuck Pennacook Band of Abenaki "Native American Indian percussion musical instruments," hands-on demonstration and powerpoint lecture

The conference is free and open to the public.  We encourage you to visit the Native food vendors at the powwow during the day; other campus dining options can be found here.  For area hotels, click here.  For more info, contact ssenier@unh.edu.

This conference is generously supported by the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, and the UNH Sustainability Institute.  The 2010 and 2011 conferences are archived here.