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Conference announcement posted by request.

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Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley
12th Annual Algonquian Peoples Seminar
Saturday, September 15, 2012
New York State Museum
Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza
Madison Avenue, Albany, New York
9:00 - 9:30 Registration - 
9:30 - 10:00 Welcome & Board Introduction: Mariann Mantzouris & Kevin
Presentation of Colors by the Mohican Veterans  
10:00 - 10:30 JoAnn Schedler
Mohicans in the Civil War
This continues a presentation given last year on this subject.

~JoAnn Schedler, BSN, MSM, RN and a Major, US Army Nurse Corps Reserves
(Retired). She served over twenty years with the 452 Combat Support
Hospitals (CSH) of Wisconsin. She is a life member of the Mohican
Veterans and Reserve Officers Association and a member of the American
Legion in Gresham, WI. In 1985 to present she serves as a founding board
member for Indian Summer Festival. She serves on the Stockbridge-Munsee
Community Tribal Historic Preservation Committee and the Constitution
Committee and is a Peacemaker for the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Court.
She was the first Nursing Instructor for the Associate Degree Program at
the College of the Menominee Nation 2008/ 2009 and is a member of Sigma
Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses since 1992.
10:30 - 11:00 Judy Hartley
Mohican Diet and Disease in Pre-contact America.
Written information by early Dutch explorers as well as oral histories
transcribed by missionaries has provided insight into both the diet and
general health of the Mohican Indians at the time of the arrival of
Henry Hudson in the early 17th century. From these sources as well as
current-day research, it is possible to capture the essence of Mohican
daily life before the arrival of Europeans.
~ Judith Hartley grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee/Band of the Mohicans
reservation in northern Wisconsin. Her mother was a Mohican who was
active in tribal governance---serving for years as the elected tribal
treasurer. Judith left the reservation upon high school graduation to
attend college. She has a B.S. degree in biology and worked for years in
pharmaceutical research. Currently she has obtained an MBA and has
worked for the past 22 years for Roche Diagnostics Corporation, a global
pharmaceutical and health care company. As retirement approaches, Judith
endeavors to give something back to the tribe by way of historical
research, poetry and speeches concerning her people. 

11:00 - 11:30 John M. Smith 
Esopus Indians and the Ulster County Trader
Findings from a recently discovered Dutch account book of the fur trade
in Ulster County are discussed that provide new insights into the lives
of Esopus individuals and their families in the early eighteenth

~John M. Smith is an independent historian and contributing author to
New York State Museum bulletins, the Hudson River Valley Review, and
co-editor with Dutch Historian and translator Kees Waterman in the forth
coming book Munsee Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1711-1732.

11:30 - 12:00 Katy L. Chiles 
Hendrick Aupaumut: An Eighteenth-Century Mohican Diplomat
This paper provides an introduction to the work of Hendrick Aupaumut,
an eighteenth-century Mohican diplomat. A sachem who fought on the
American side of the Revolutionary War, Captain Aupaumut was tapped by
President Washington to serve as a diplomat to the British-allied Miami
and Shawnee leaders who fought against white settlers. Aupaumut’s 1792
manuscript, a record written for U.S. governmental officials, was
printed in the 1827 Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
This talk muses over Aupaumut’s “errors” in spelling and grammar,
including one interesting clause: “these white people was” (sic).
One might be tempted to assume, like his original interlocuters, that
Aupaumut, as a Native American who had yet to master the English
language, constructed a sentence with flawed subject-verb agreement.
However, unlike U.S. officials who wrote that the manuscript contained
many “incorrectnesses” (sic), I argue that Aupaumut’s peculiar
locution astutely explored the most contemplated concerns of early
America: could the many former white British subjects ever become one
people? What would the process of becoming “E Pluribus Unum”
actually look like? Could people be both singular (denoted by the number
of the verb was) and plural (denoted by the number of the demonstrative
adjective these), and, most importantly for Aupaumut, how would all this
effect how white settlers would interact with both his own and other
Native American tribes? Furthermore, by comparing Aupaumut’s
manuscript with the Society’s Memoirs, this presentation illustrates
how editorial practices used by Aupaumut’s publishers conditioned the
“original” text and allows us to consider Aupaumut’s intellectual
~ Katy L. Chiles teaches and writes about Native American and
African-American literature, early American literature and culture, and
critical race theory at the University of Tennessee. Her work has
appeared in journals such as PMLA and American Literature and has been
supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently
working on a book manuscript entitled Transformable Race and the
Literatures of Early America. This summer she was honored to do research
at the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation in Bowler,
Wisconsin. There she was able to share her work with and to learn from
Sherry White, Nathalee Kristiansen, Leah Miller, and Betty Groh, all of
the Mohican Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Band.
12:00 -1:30 Lunch on your own. Eating areas are located in the museum
should you want to bring your own lunch. There are three restaurants
within two blocks of the Museum *** See the registration form below.
1:30 - 2:00 Karen Hess
The Coeymans Family and the Mohicans
One of the largest 17th century land transactions between the River
Indians and European settlers was transacted in 1672 by Maghshapeet,
sachem of the Katskill Indians, to BarentCoeymans, Dutch colonial
miller. Confirmed as a patent in 1673, and awarded a royalconfirmation
in 1714, this vast tract of ancient tribal lands south of Albany
stretched foreleven miles along the west bank of the Hudson River and
westward twelve miles into the wilderness. The history of this patent,
the home of two divergent cultures, and the relationships of Barent
Coeymans and the Katskill Mohicans, will be explored in this
~Karen Hess is preparing a book about Ariaantje Coeymans whose portrait
hangs at the Albany Institute of History & Art where Mrs. Hess is a
docent. She has presented her research at a NYS Historical Association
conference as well as other historical societies. An essential element
of the story of this colonial woman is her family’s intriguing
relationship with the Mohican Indians.
 2:00 - 2:45 Eric Ruijssenaars
 A Dutch Founding Father: Abraham Staats
In 1642, surgeon Abraham Staats and his wife Trijntje Jochems emigrated
from Amsterdam to Kiliaen van Rensselaer's vast estate, Rensselaerswijck
(now part of Albany and Rensselaer counties). Staats's job was not
simply to treat ailing residents but also to advise the Patroon. He
served as a magistrate of the court. Outside of court, he was often
called on to resolve disputes between his neighbors. Well respected
within Rensselaerswijck, Staats was also something of a diplomat.
Entitled to trade in beavers, he learned the Algonquin Indian language
and was, therefore, able to act as an intermediary between colonists and
Native Americans. The sloop Staats purchased to further his commercial
interests placed him in contact with leaders in New Amsterdam (New York
City) and allowed him to develop a personal relationship with Peter
~ Born in 1963, Eric studied history at Leiden University, and
graduated in 1988. He has written two books about Brussels and the
Brontës (published in 2000 and
2003), is co-founder of Brussels Brontë Group in 2005. He started a
bureau for historical research in Dutch Archives, in 2002. In 2011/2012
Eric was chosen Senior Scholar in Residence at the New Netherland
Center in Albany.
2:45 - 3:15 William Staats 
An Overview of Hoogeberg, the Staats Family, and the Mohicans.
Staats Island (or the Hoogeberg: the “high hill.”) has been in the
Staats family since the mid-17th century. The Joachim Staats homestead,
dating from 1696, remains a family residence. Many generations of the
family are interred here overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. This is
where Colonel Philip Staats saved the life of the Mohican, Ben Pie, in
the late 1700s. It is no longer an island but remains a place of great
history with many stories to tell.
~ William Staats was born in 1932 and graduated from SUNY Albany with
an MS in Education in 1957.  He was married to a terrific wife who
passed away in 2005 after rearing seven considerate and loving children.
 Bill grew up at Staats Island near Castleton-on-Hudson, NY in the 1696
Joachim Staats homestead.  He taught in 1965-66 at the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology in Australia and also taught for several years
in Hudson High School and for 35 years in the accounting and computer
areas at Hudson Valley Community College.  In 2009 he authored Three
Centuries on the Hudson River, an historic fun-filled family-oriented
book which has sold in excess of 1,000 copies.
3:15 - 3:45 Francis “Jess” Robinson 
Ceremonialism and Inter-Regional Exchange Two Millennia before the Fur
Trade: a View from the East Creek Site
The East Creek cemetery was excavated between 1933 and 1935 on the
southeastern shore of Lake Champlain by representatives of the Museum of
the American Indian- Heye Foundation. Despite its unfortunate
desecration, the site contains rare and remarkable evidence of the
elaborate ceremonialism and long distance exchange obtaining during the
Early Woodland period (ca. 3,000-2,000 cal yr BP). While the
presentation will concentrate on some of the more salient aspects of the
site and what it suggests about the Native groups participating in the
Early Woodland interaction sphere, mention will also be made of the
analogies that one may cautiously advance regarding trade and exchange
during the contact era
~Francis “Jess” Robinson is a PhD Candidate at the University at
Albany-SUNY, a Research Supervisor at the University of Vermont
Consulting Archaeology Program, and a current adjunct faculty member in
the Anthropology Department at UVM.
3:45 - 4:00 Kevin Fuerst
The Lebanon Spring: A Work in Progress 
Kevin Fuerst, NAI President, long-time board member, and New Lebanon
Town Historian will provide a status update on his efforts to preserve
the famous curative Lebanon Spring and interpret its Native American

 4:00 - 4:15 Closing Remarks and Retreat of the Colors” by Mohican
Veterans to conclude the conference.
visit our crafts people, authors, and vendors. They are here to share
their crafts, knowledge, and experiences with you.

>>>>>Registration form on next sheet<<<<<

Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley
2012 Algonquians Peoples Seminar Registration Form 
New York State Museum
(Cost: $20.00 per person)
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*** Restaurant locations: Hill Street Cafe on Madison Avenue & Philip
Street, Madison Grille on 331 Madison Avenue, west of Swan Street, and
El Mariachi on Hamilton & Swan Streets.
The New York State Museum is located in the Cultural Education Center
in Albany, New York. The Cultural Education Center (CEC) is at the south
end of the Empire State Plaza, across Madison Avenue (Route 20) from the
Plaza (the opposite end from the Capitol).  Museum phone: (518)
474-5877. Parking is available, free on weekends, in the two lots
adjacent to the CEC on Madison Avenue.