Indigenous Voices from the Connecticut River Valley

Resource type: recording
Presenter: Nolumbeka Project
Native people have been living here in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts for more than 10,000 years. This is the homeland of many related First People. They are called the Sokoki, Pocumtuck, Nonotuck, Woronoco, and Agawam.
WebEx Recording
Introductions and discussions only.
Videos watched during the presentation (high definition and with background music):
  • Indigenous Voices Introduction
    In this introduction to our multi-part video series, narrator David Brule (Nehantic), presents a brief overview of the Indigenous peoples who have lived in and traveled through the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts for thousands of years.
  • Historical Perspectives From The Wigwam
    Jennifer Lee, Northern Narragansett educator and bark basket maker, presents an historical overview about Indigenous life in the Connecticut River Valley before the European settlers arrived.
  • Day of Remembrance
    For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples from all around the Northeast gathered, fished and celebrated at Peskeompskut, now called Turners Falls, MA. On May 19, 1676, over 300 Native people were killed in an attack by armed English settlers at the Great Falls. This was among the largest massacres of Indigenous people in colonial U.S. history. On May 15, 2021, Native and non-native people gathered together to honor and remember those who died on the 345th anniversary of the massacre.
  • Liz ColdWind Santana Kiser - Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck Elder and Educator
    Liz ColdWind Santana Kiser is a Nipmuck Elder, educator, and council woman for the Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians. In this interview, Liz talks about how she can trace her family roots back to the 1600s and how the Nipmuck people are still here and carrying on their cultural traditions today.
  • Indigenous Voices Film Credits
    Watch our 4-minute video with full credits for our INDIGENOUS VOICES multi-part series, set to Keith Secola's (Anishinaabe) evocative, electric Native-fusion song, "4 R Ancestors", over stunningly beautiful aerial footage of the Connecticut River.
  • Indigenous Voices Film Series
    The full 10-part series of short videos about Native life, past and present.
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