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OLLI: Indigenous Culture in the Berkshires and Beyond

Tentative Dates Announced! Six Mondays beginning April 13, 2020, from 12:30 to 2:00 at Simon’s Rock College. Details to follow.

For updates, you can also check out the OLLI website.

I am now working on a syllabus, which will be posted here once I’ve narrowed down the large number of topics which suggest themselves.

I’ve used some of what I’ve learned to create a land acknowledgment for my town.

Here is the preliminary description of the course:

Today’s headlines feature climate crisis and civic strife. In contrast, for thousands of years, local indigenous people lived in harmony with the land, and with each other.

By exploring the culture (beliefs and practices) of the Muh-he-con-neok (Mohican) people, who are the original inhabitants of the Berkshires, we will see the influence they, and other indigenous cultures in the Americas, have had (and continue to have) on our present society.

Through presentations, suggested readings, and discussions, we will observe lessons learned and lessons missed; and the relevance of indigenous culture, then and now, to the larger questions of human experience.