Historic Huguenot Street has announced “The Power of Native Women,” a three-part multimedia event celebrating the lives of Native women in the larger narrative of our communities, is set for Saturday, September 19 from 4 to 6 pm.
Visitors can choose to attend in person; watch a live-streaming of the speakers; and attend follow-up themed virtual sessions to learn more on special topics.
On September 19th, visitors can check in at the Museum Shop in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, located at 81 Huguenot Street, to peruse educational texts related to the history and culture of the local Indigenous population available for purchase. View the 1677 land agreement, a 340-year-old document that reveals the marks, or signatures, of several Esopus Munsee women who participated in or witnessed the land trade made with the Huguenot settlers. A guide stationed at the replica Munsee wigwam will explain the significance of the structure, which was built in 2017, as well as the daily life of a Munsee woman living in the region, pre-contact.
Across the street from the Visitor Center, on the lawn between the Bevier-Elting and Deyo Houses, Indigenous Chef Quentin Glabus will be serving sample dishes of his modern take on traditional Munsee cuisine. Glabus’s menu will include Blueberry with Sweetgrass & Rosemary; Three Sisters Salad: White Corn, Beans, Squash; Rustic Turkey Terrine with Maple Wild Rice, Sage & Cranberries; Popped Corn Seasoned with Sunflower Oil and Fried Sage Powder; Squash Pie (Wild Rice or Toasted Cornmeal Tart Shell); and Blue Corn Pudding with Berries.
Heather Bruegl, the Cultural Affairs Director for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians, will be streamed in from Wisconsin to talk about the important role that Indigenous women play within their families and communities for thousands of years. Her talk will focus on Native women throughout history who have broken down barriers to become soldiers, doctors, politicians, and activists. She will also focus on her own important work as an activist for Indigenous culture and communities. Time will be left at the end of the presentation for Q&A.
The public may register for the virtual experience at a slightly discounted price. Registrants will receive an email containing links to the following: a digitized version of the 1677 land agreement featuring the marks, or signatures, of several Esopus Munsee women; a time-lapse video detailing the construction of the replica wigwam, completed in 2017; a recipe for one of Chef Glabus’s Indigenous dishes to try at home; and a link to access Heather Bruegl’s virtual presentation of “The Power of Native Women,” shared simultaneously with the attendees viewing it on-site.
All registrants will be invited to additionally participate in follow-up virtual sessions, taking place at various times throughout the following week. These sessions will allow participants to have more intimate conversations with the speaker, tribal representatives, and activists working to preserve Indigenous land, rights, and culture.
Monday, September 21, at 7 pm
Featured presenter: Heather Bruegl (Stockbridge-Munsee descendent and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin). This virtual discussion will allow program attendees to ask Bruegl questions about her presentation, present-day research, and activism.
Tuesday, September 22, at 7 pm
Featured presenters: Chef Quentin Glabus (Frog Lake Cree First Nations) and Chef Kristina Stanley (Red Cliff, Lake Superior Chippewa). During this virtual discussion, attendees will learn about the research required in developing Chef Glabus’s menu for “The Power of Native Women.” The presentation will also focus on the significance of cultural preservation through food and decolonizing native cuisine with both Chef Glabus and Indigenous Chef Kristina Stanley.
(TENTATIVE) Wednesday, September 23, at 7 pm
Featured presenter: Karen Mosko (Munsee-Delaware Nation Ontario, Canada). For the final virtual session, Lenape language teacher Karen Mosko will talk about her mission to revitalize what the government considers a dead language. Attendees will learn about her personal journey in studying the language herself, and what it means to her to be teaching the next generation.
Those interested in attending can learn more about the event and register for the sessions on the event website.
Photo: Courtesy Brian Wolfe from “Brotherhood and Belonging: Hendrick Aupaumut’s Assertion of Indigenous Rights and Settler Responsibility” 2019.