Expert to share research on historic Indian mariners

Jason Mancini, Ph.D. – September 27 at Whaling Museum

 

NEW BEDFORD, Mass – Jason Mancini, Ph.D., founder of the Indian Mariners Project and Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, will share results of the project’s research during a lecture at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on September 27. Dr. Mancini established the Indian Mariners Project - a collaboration between multiple tribes, institutions, and individuals - to explore the history of and ongoing relationship between Native people and the sea. Deprived of land and livelihood after the American Revolution, many Indian men joined the maritime trades – from shipbuilding to whaling. Dr. Mancini's lecture focuses on the hundreds of Indians who found work in the ports of Mystic, Stonington, and New London. He will explore their “roots” and “routes,” the global social networks they formed, and their traveling histories from the objects they collected and stories they told.  “Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project” begins at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Whaling Museum members, and can be reserved online at whalingmuseum.org or by calling 508-997-0046. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, Mass. 

Dr. Mancini will present whaleship routes mapped on Google Earth, details from explorations in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Alaska, as well as his own experiences on the “mighty waters.” Dr. Mancini is co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, and former Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with, conversed, and shared his archival research with the tribes and indigenous peoples of southern New England, Alaska, Hawai’i, and New Zealand.  

In addition to his roles as Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, and founder and director of the Indian Mariners Project, Dr. Mancini is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, and Social Sciences Instructor at Sea for Sea Education Association (SEA). He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. His articles and upcoming book projects examine the nuanced and subverted histories of the indigenous peoples of the American northeast.  

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Jason Mancini

Photo Caption: Jason Mancini, Ph.D., founder of the Indian Mariners Project, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative.

 


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.