Beyond Reservation: The Hidden Histories of Indian New England

Dr. Jason Mancini, historian and Executive Director of CT Humanities, presented an on-line talk on Native New England History on July 5, 2023. His talk connected 17th century Indian wars with 20th century Indian casinos and addresses the changing nature of Indian land tenure, tribal citizenship and racial boundaries, Indigenous labor, mobility, and migration, as well as political and legal agency in the face of unrelenting settler-colonial acquisition. Click here for a 56-minute recording of Dr. Mancini’s talk.

(Above) Connecticut Freedom Trail Outreach Coordinator Tammy Denease introduced Dr. Mancini, pictured above, and moderated the Zoom program. Dr. Mancini began by noting that over nine million acres of Indian Country in southern New England and adjacent Long Island were reduced to less than 30,000 acres by the American Revolution.

(Above) Indians across the region adjusted in different ways to this rapidly changing world. Many became identified as Black. Others took jobs on whaling ships. Colonial censuses (above, right) reveal Indian invisibility as well as diaspora.

Private land ownership increased dramatically, further reducing Indigenous land, and Natives were pushed off the land. Native women often survived by making and selling baskets from town to town.

Click here for another presentation by Dr. Mancini.