February 27, 2020
Indigenous Stories at the Library
Winter – Spring 2020
Note: due to the high level of interest in this series, we now require registration for each event. Please visit the links below to register.
The city of Portsmouth is on the homelands of the Abenaki people, who have ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this area. According to Tribal oral tradition, Abenaki people have lived in the place now called New Hampshire for more than 12,000 years—since before Tribal memory. The Abenaki are part of a larger group of Indigenous people who called themselves Wabanaki or “People of the Dawn,” and form one of many communities connected by a common Algonquian language family. To honor this history, in 2020 Portsmouth Public Library will begin hosting a monthly series of Indigenous Stories, featuring speakers on Indigenous culture, history and perspectives. This series is cosponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth 400 and the Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective, and is free and open to all!
Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective
This event is cancelled. Please check back when the library re-opens as we hope to reschedule it.
Dr. Svetlana Peshkova and others
Monday April 13 | 6:30 PM
A collaboration among University of New Hampshire faculty and staff; Indigenous UNH staff, faculty, and students; student volunteers and interns; community volunteers and activists; and Tribal leaders of NH, the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective is a long-term project with the purpose of reframing New Hampshire’s history from an Indigenous perspective. Dr. Svetlana Peshkova, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Core Faculty Member of UNH’s Women’s Studies Program, will present along with other members of the collective. They will discuss the community-based collaborative work they do with indigenous and non-indigenous community members to create a decolonial narrative of the history (past and present). They will describe an equatable community-building that recognizes contributions of indigenous peoples as important and foundational threads of the social fabric, in this state and other parts of this country and continent, and elsewhere in the world. They share their experiences in the hope that local communities can replicate these efforts.
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Justice for the People of the First Light:
Colonial Treaties to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People
Wednesday May 27 | 6:30 PM
In 2013, the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth Tricentennial Committee, chaired by Charles B. Doleac, formed to explore the early history of the English and French relations with the Wabanaki and the nuanced diplomacy employed by the Wabanaki and English in this first encounter treaty. Attorney Doleac led the organization of the year's 300th anniversary programs included presentations by consulting Wabanaki and colonial historians, the creation of an exhibit, “The 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth: First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door” and a website, 1713TreatyofPortsmouth.org. The committee fostered further research with Wabanaki leaders, scholars, and colonial and legal experts that led to website additions and a touring program, “Justice for the People of the First Light: Colonial Treaties to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.”
This program examines the diplomacy of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth from both sides to understand what went right and what went wrong between the English and French settlers and the Wabanaki in this first encounter period. The program also acknowledges the injustices suffered by the Wabanaki in the context of the UN Declaration and and looks for opportunities for citizen involvement in reconciliation efforts.
Mr. Doleac is senior partner at the Portsmouth law firm of Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, P.A., is a Superior Court Mediator and is chair of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum of Portsmouth.
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Stay tuned for more events in this series!
Want to learn more? Check out our Indigenous Stories Reading List!