Studying History RightPosted by Trésor Kayumba
The fifth graders were fortunate to be joined by an educator from The Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Christopher Newell (Passamaquoddy) offered students a gripping, engaging presentation in which he shared the history and traditions of the Mashantucket Pequot. Mr. Newell offered an impeccable insight on the effect of western progress as it relates to New England Native American people. We discussed the adaptations Native Americans have experienced, and their efforts to coexist in both cultures.
Students marveled at Pequot ingenuity, and were moved by their cultural traditions such as matriarchy, and respect to land. Mr. Newell discussed how ownership of land had been an inconceivable concept to the Pequot. Scholars were very enlightened by the presentation, and this experience truly sparked a new appreciation for learning history with a new level of depth, committing ourselves to experiencing a more accurate narrative of people’s history and experience.
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