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Greenwich Library Explores History Of Native American Mariners

Jason Mancini of the Pequot Museum will speak on the history of Native Americans and the waters of Long Island Sound.
Jason Mancini of the Pequot Museum will speak on the history of Native Americans and the waters of Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Provided

GREENWICH, Conn. – Jason Mancini of the Pequot Museum will speak on the history of Native Americans and the waters of the Long Island Sound from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Greenwich Library's meeting room.

The Indian Mariners Project explores the history of and the ongoing relationship between Native Americans and the sea. As Europeans settled in the colonies, Indians found themselves creating new social networks and relationships, according to a press release. 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. 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 18th and 19th centuries, according to a press release.

The project connects Indian men, through their lives and work at sea, to new peoples and places around the globe, according to a press release. 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, according to a press release.

Mancini is a senior researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut and a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Connecticut College. He has 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.

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