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Thursday, February 02 2017

William Apess, Standing Rock, & the 1833 Mashpee Resistance

Adapted from a Nolumbeka Project press release:

Author and professor Drew Lopenzina will be giving a free presentation, on Native American history and its connections to today, at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Saturday, February 18th, at 1PM.  Much of this talk will focus on Pequot activist and minister William Apess, who was born in Colrain, the first Native American to write and publish his own book length treatises and memoirs in the 1820’s and 30’s.

Drew Lopenzina also hales from western Massachusetts and teaches Early American and Native American literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His second book, Through an Indian’s Looking Glass (University of Massachusetts Press), is a cultural biography of William Apess.  Lopenzina is also the author of Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period.  His essays appear in the journals American Literature, American Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literature, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and others.

The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).


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