Indigenous Natick today with Tribal Historian Pam Ellis

On December 14, 2022, the Natick Historical Society (NHS) welcomed Natick Nipmuc citizen and Tribal Historian and Genealogist of the Natick Nipmuc Council Pam Ellis to their screens to share her perspective on how local history, ongoing colonization, and harmful myths have informed the lived experiences of many Natick Nipmuc citizens. This was the third and final installment of a three-part speaker series called “Indigenous Histories and Futures in Natick, Massachusetts.” This series allowed attendees to consider important questions about Indigenous experiences in Natick and beyond from the seventeenth century until today. Click here for a 72-minute YouTube video of the presentation recorded on December 17, 2022.

(Above) Natick Historical Society (NHS) Director Niki Lefevbre welcomed people to the three-part speaker series before Educator Gail Coughlin introduced Presenter Pam Ellis.

(Above and below) In the presentation, Pam talks about the family histories of Nipmuc people who were described as the “Last of the Nipmucks” and traces their ancestry through a variety of documents to families in the present day, demonstrating that the Nipmuc Tribe has not disappeared!