Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wistariahurst To Host lecture on Indigenous Food in New England

On Sunday, November 13 from 2-3 pm, Wistariahurst will host a lecture by Rachel Sayet on indigenous food. In her presentation A Celebration of Land and Sea: Modern Indigenous Cuisine in New England, Sayet will draw from interviews with Mashpee Wampanoag, Abenaki, Mohegan, and Narragansett cookbook writers, food journalists, powwow cooks, and restaurant owners, to demonstrate how the Native American people of New England have continued to use the same ingredients that were available at the time of the much misunderstood “first Thanksgiving” to create their own modern indigenous cuisine. Tickets for the lecture are $7 and can be purchased online at www.Wistariahurst.org.

Rachel Sayet (Mohegan) is currently the Library Assistant for the Mohegan Tribe. She is also on the board of Directors for Tomaquag Indian Museum in Exeter, RI.  Rachel received her Master’s degree in anthropology from Harvard University in May of 2012, with minors in Museum Studies and Business Communication. She has written on various topics of Native American life, such as stories, foodways, and sovereignty, and traveled to many conferences throughout the world in order to educate people about Native Americans in New England.

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