Native American Heritage Trail – A History of the Mohican Tribe in the Housatonic River Valley is an informed and respectful repository of historical data as researched by local historians, authors and educators.
Material presented in this site has been vetted and approved by the collaborating organizations.
It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.
Housatonic Heritage advocates for informed research and respectful interpretation of the Indigenous People that have historically inhabited the lands of the Upper Housatonic River region. We urge others to join us in learning about these important histories, to understand the culture and lifeways of the Mohican Indians, and to respect both their true history and their contemporary lives.
THE STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE COMMUNITY AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
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Heather Breugl, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians tells us about the Stockbridge and Mohican’s role in the American Revolution. The Stockbridge Militia, led by Abraham Nimham and Jehoiaikim Mtohksin fought on the Patriot side from the “Shot Heard Round the World,” through the Siege of Boston, through White Plains, Valley Forge, Saratoga and the British surrender at Yorktown. We also talk about the inter-relations between other indigenous tribes and peoples. Why did some side with the British and some with the Americans? What impact did the war have on the Haudenosaunee confederation? Heather Breugl also talk about preserving the lives, language, and legacy of the Mohicans, and the Arvid E. Miller Library and Museum where you can learn more.