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When Two Worlds Met: Foodways – Beyond the Three Sisters

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

virtual, 53 School Ground Road, Unit 3
Branford, CT 06405 United States

Join us for Conversation Club with Gail White Usher for, “When Two Worlds Met: Foodways – Beyond the Three Sisters”.

Indigenous People of Northeast America consumed a diverse diet, and every family member was involved in providing food and nourishment. FOODWAYS – BEYOND THE THREE SISTERS explores the varied seasonal foods and food preparation methods of Indigenous Peoples. It looks at why corn, beans, and squash were essential foods. We explore the division of labor in food production and dispel some common European settler myths. Finally, the program expands our understanding of Indigenous people’s diet and considers how many Native North American foods are the foundation of the modern American diet.

Over a two-hundred and fifty-year period, from 1500 to 1750, European encounters with the Indigenous Peoples of North America increased in frequency and intensity, and European settlement of North America rapidly expanded. While both societies incorporated aspects of the others’ material world, the changes were most dramatic in the Eastern Woodlands tribes. The People retained their cultures and beliefs (for the most part), but their lives and their material world were significantly altered. When Two Worlds Met is a series of seven programs exploring the Algonquin and Iroquoian language-speaking peoples of the northeast in the early Historic Period during this interaction time, we will use original materials, including documents and objects, as gateways to expand our understanding of this controversial and complex era. Maps, surviving images, and accounts are some of the documents we will consider. Material culture will be explored through drawings, accounts, and surviving objects. Each of the seven programs focuses on a different topic in the more significant theme of the impacts upon Indigenous Northeastern North American life and culture of European interactions and actions in the early Contact Period.


Stanley-Whitman House
(860) 677-9222


53 School Ground Road, Unit 3
Branford, CT 06405 United States
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