New Hampshire’s historic narrative, like most American historic literature, tends to neglect the significance and complexities of the land’s Indigenous cultures. These narratives often leave contemporary audiences with the impression that North America was sparsely inhabited before European arrival, and that the land’s Indigenous inhabitants have since disappeared. Although Indigenous peoples have suffered profound injustices from initial European contact until now, Indigenous cultures prevail, and so do their histories.
A collaboration among Abenaki Tribal leaders; Indigenous and non-Native students, staff, and faculty at the University of New Hampshire; and community activists and volunteers, this long-term project intends to reframe New Hampshire’s history from an Indigenous perspective. This is a living project that adapts, evolves, and expands as our knowledge of Indigenous history grows deeper and more complex.
Funding for the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective was provided in 2019 by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.