Berkshire is proud to share The Mohican Journey: Homelands, History and Hope, an exhibit that follows the history of the Muhheconneok, the “People of the Waters that are Never Still,” through the collective lens of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans whose ancestral homelands are here in the Berkshires.
The Mohican Journey was put together by Stephanie Graham, a teacher at Mount Everett Regional High School, and Paul O'Brien, president of the Sheffield Historical Society. It was originally displayed this fall at the Sheffield Historical Society headquarters to coincide with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 11, and Berkshire is lucky to be its first remote location during Native American Heritage Month.
The panels provide a historical walk-through experience from the earliest documented era through to the present day. As Graham expresses it, “every resident of Berkshire County ought to know” the rich history of these people who made their home in this region for many generations.
These stories land at a fortuitous time for Fifth Form English, in which the Bears are exploring Native American imagery in Joy Harjo's poems and preparing to lean into Tommy Orange's novel There There. Meanwhile, history faculty are using the exhibit to encourage students to consider questions around process (What does "doing history" look like?) and legacy ("Why is this history important? What should we do going forward?"). Among other faculty-led interactions, Patrick Donovan is integrating the materials into his sustainability classes.
The Mohican Journey is on display through November 20, 2021 in The Calderini Family Faculty Center in Berkshire Hall.