Stories in baskets

New Hampshire Native American basket
Siobhan Senier, Associate Professor of English and Hayes Chair in the Humanities, has organized the 2012 Indigenous New England Conference, “Stories in Baskets: Archiving Native New Hampshire,” that takes place this Saturday, November 3,  from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union Building in Durham.

Senier partnered with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH, and Wijokadoak, a New Hampshire based Abenaki organization, for this event, which focuses on Native American culture and history in New Hampshire.

The starting point for the conference is “Along the Basket Trail,” an exhibit created by the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Hopkinton and Warner Historical Societies that is now available online. The conference will explore how this archive can be sustained and expanded. The day’s schedule includes presentations by Abenaki historians and Abenaki basketmakers, as well as digital-archive workshops and a lecture/demonstration of Native American percussion instruments.

The conference is free and open to the public. Members of the public with baskets to identify are welcome to bring them along.

This conference is supported by the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, the UNH Sustainability Institute, and the Race and Ethnic Studies minors as UNH.

The UNH powwow will also take place November 3 in the Memorial Union Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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