Two Sides of the Coin: Native American & Early Colonists Cultural Clashes

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Every day hundreds of people pass by the monument to Keene settler Nathan Blake, never knowing how Blake’s fascinating story of capture, ransom, and homecoming sheds light on our shared history. While there’s no shortage of captivity tales from the Connecticut River Valley in the 17th and 18th centuries, many of these histories were weighted toward the experiences of Colonial settlers.

But what about the "other side of the coin"?

Inspired by that question, the Horatio Colony Museum and New Hampshire Humanities created a series of 2018 programs to help us view Blake’s complex story of capture and release in a new light. The "Two Sides of the Coin" project is designed to broaden public awareness about the roles of Native indigenous people in our region’s history, and paint a clearer picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance. The final program in the series takes place in early September:

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

Saturday, September 8, 4:30-6:00 pm (pre-registration required)
Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street, Keene

Abenaki master artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan, director of the Vermont Abenaki Artist Association and archivist/tribal secretary for the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, presents a gallery talk and introduces an exhibit of Abenaki tribal garments. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, please visit