Lewisboro Land Trust: Exhibition Opening & Talk


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Lewisboro Land Trust is proud to present a dramatic exhibition that recalls the Native American diaspora out of the lower Hudson Valley.

Between October 1–26, the Lewisboro Land Trust, with support from The Jerome Levy Foundation, and with assistance from The Katonah Museum and the Katonah Village Library, will present a special exhibition titled “Living Memory: Indigenous Stories of Our Past, Present, and Future,” to honor the descendants of the Mohican people who once populated the lower Hudson Valley. It will be on view at the Katonah Village Library in the same space where a prior exhibition from which the current one is derived, was displayed nearly 40 years ago.

The new show, organized as part of the Lewisboro Land Trust’s Native American Acknowledgment Initiative, will feature 20 portraits of Native Americans whose ancestors were part of the original diaspora out of the Westchester region to what is now Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Ontario. The photos were taken by the late documentarian Rae Russel, a photographer who was commissioned in 1983 by the Katonah Museum of Art (then, the Katonah Gallery) for their groundbreaking exhibition, ''Many Trails: Indians of the Lower Hudson Valley,'' which contained these and other portraits.

“By restoring part of the original exhibition, we honor the people whose land we now inhabit,” explains Jackie Dzaluk, Co-Chair of the Lewisboro Land Trust. “They are an essential part of our heritage. And while we cannot undo history, we want to foster greater appreciation of the indigenous cultures that disappeared from this region and memorialize their culture whose roots have been nearly obliterated.”

On the day the “Living Memory: Indigenous Stories of Our Past, Present and Future” opens, the President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Shannon Holsey, will travel to Katonah to speak about the Great Diaspora and the difficult journey their ancestors took in search of a new home. Shannon Holsey serves as president of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians. Holsey is the longest serving female president, serving her fourth term, following eight years as a member of the Tribal Council. She will speak on Saturday, October 1, at 4 pm at the Katonah Village Library. A reception will follow.

There is no admission charge, but registration is required due to limited seating capacity.

Click here to register.

Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY
United States

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