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Bidwell Lore – Dispossession of Mohican Land, Part II

Welcome to week 51 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share the second half of the story of the dispossession of the Mohican lands in Stockbridge. The Dispossession of the Mohican Land in Stockbridge – Part II Beyond Official Documents One should tread lightly when depending on official documents, such as deeds, for proof of habitation by Native peoples. There...

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Bidwell Lore – The Dispossession of the Mohican Land in Stockbridge

Welcome to week 50 of Bidwell Lore! This week we begin the story of the dispossession of the Mohicans land in Stockbridge. Wnahtukook [1]“A small council meeting in July of 1734 in a simple village along the Housatonic River in Massachusetts would affect the course and survival of a nation. The issue under consideration would demand four long...

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Bidwell Lore – A Second Meeting House and A Mohican Burial Ground

Welcome to week 48 of Bidwell Lore! This week we finish our story about the three Meeting Houses of Stockbridge and learn about a Mohican Burial ground discovered during the building of the second Meeting House. In part 1 of this article, we discussed the strategies around the building of the first and third Meeting Houses in Stockbridge. ...

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Bidwell Lore – Timothy Woodbridge Part II

Welcome to week 46 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue the story of Timothy Woodbridge with a petition he helped write for his Mohican friends. In 1750, the Provincial government ordered that an Indian Proprietorship be created in an effort to protect the Stockbridge Mohicans from further dispossession of their land by English colonists. The proprietors were...

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Bidwell Lore – Magnificent Mohicans Daniel Ninham and Umpachenee

Welcome to week 41 of Bidwell Lore! This week we are sharing the story of two more Magnificent Mohicans, Daniel Ninham and Umpachenee, courtesy of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.  Daniel Ninham—also spelled Nimham—was a Wappinger (Munsee Lenape) sachem from the lower Hudson River Valley who then joined with Mohican kin in Stockbridge in the 1700s. Mohicans had as early...

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Bidwell Lore – 1766 Mohican Wisdom on a Life Well Lived

Welcome to week 39 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share the story of a visit to London in 1766 by Stockbridge Mohican Sachems. In an article for the London Chronicle, the author, John Trusler, relates the wisdom he learned from his encounter with the Mohicans that is still very relevant over 250 years later. Mohican Wisdom on...

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Bidwell Lore – Indian Town’s Mohican Burying Ground

Happy New Year and welcome to week 37 of Bidwell Lore! This week we will be sharing the story of the Mohican burying ground in Indian Town (now Stockbridge). “A plat of 23,040 acres of land lying on both sides of the Housatonnuck river being A Grant made by the Great. Gen’l Court or Assembly of the Province of...

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Bidwell Lore – The Mythology of Indiantown

Welcome to week 36 of Bidwell Lore where we discuss the Mythology of Indiantown (now Stockbridge).  We will be off next week and back with a new post on January 5th.  “History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.” [1] “A plat of 23,040 acres of land lying...

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Bidwell Lore – Muh-he-con-neok or “People of the Waters that are never still,” Part II

Welcome to week 35 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue our introduction to the Mohican story with Part II of our article Muh-he-con-neok or “People of the Waters that are never still.”  We will stay with this topic through early next year and it coincides with our winter lecture series, Hidden in Plain Sight: Native Peoples and the...

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