We Are Still Here: Northeastern Indigenous Peoples

University Days 2022 

Have you ever wondered what happened to the estimated 100,000 Native Americans who lived in Massachusetts before European contact and settlement? We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast will give OLLI members and the public opportunities to begin to answer that question.  

Explore art shows, music performances, tours of historic sites with emphasis on connections with the Indigenous community, guided reading groups focused on books by Indigenous authors of the Northeast, and four online lectures by leading scholars. Listen to the music of Hawk Henries, a Nipmuc flutist who makes and plays traditional Nipmuc flutes with the London Mozart Players and at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. View the art of Judy Dow, an artist of Abenaki and French Canadian descent, educator and activist whose baskets have been on display at the Smithsonian and whose tapestries have been on exhibit in Europe with the UN Indigenous organization. Read books by Abenaki, Wabanaki and Haudenosanee authors to share with children in your life. Walk Main Street, Stockbridge and learn about the Mohicans and settler missionaries who founded Stockbridge as an experiment in multicultural living in the mid-18th century.

Programs At A Glance

2022 University Days Schedule

August 26 - September 29
All times are Eastern Time Zone.

  Art Exhibits & Concert

The art exhibits are free and open to the public.
Nayana Lafond at The Lichtenstein Center is open weekdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  The exhibit opens on September 2.
Awikhigan at The Gallery at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM beginning August 27.
Please click on the exhibit listings below to register for the artist talks and for details on the opening receptions.
Registration is limited for the artist talks.
Register for the Hawk Henries concert by clicking on the concert listing.  Registration is limited for the concert.

Friday, Sept 2 -
Thursday, Sept 29

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

Thursday, Sept 8

Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield


Lectures are free and open to the public.
Registration is now open.  Click on the lecture titles below to register.

Reading Groups                      

Book discussion groups are designed to enable participants to dig deeply into at least one book written by an Indigenous person from the Northeast. A range of genres is offered. Discussions will be led by authors or OLLI teachers and will take place between August 29 – September 13. All the books will be available at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA. Each group will have a maximum of 20 participants. We may add extra in-person sessions if overwhelming interest is shown.
In person meetings will be at Shakespeare & Company.
Priority registration for OLLI members opens on August 1. General registration opens on August 8.

Click on a particular discussion for more information.

Tuesday, Aug 30

In person and


10:00 am and
7:00 pm

 Walking Tours

Walking tours will take place during September, 2022. Participants will explore some of the Berkshires’ iconic historical sites while learning about the intersection between these sites and Native American history and culture

Walking tours are free and open to the public however registration is required. All tours are in person and onsite. Priority registration for OLLI Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 8.

Click on a particular tour for more details.

Thursday, Sept 8

10:30 am

Friday, Sept 9

9:00 am and
2:00 pm

Sunday, Sept 11

10:00 am and
1:00 pm

Saturday, Sept 17

10:00am and
1:00 pm

Aug 30 - Sept 30

No registration required

All events are open to everyone. All events except Hawk Henries performance are free. Members have priority registration for select Walking Tours and Reading Groups. Please refer to the Walking Tours and Reading Groups webpage for more details. Click here for instructions on how to create a login account. Alternatively, you can register by calling the OLLI Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Eastern at 413.236.2190 with a credit card.

Learning about the United State’s Native American Heritage is vital to weaving a more equitable social fabric for everyone. If you would like to contribute to our continuing work towards this goal click here to make a contribution to OLLI’s Northeast Indigenous Initiative, found in the “Designation” drop down menu.

We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast is supported in part by grants from NEFA’s Nest Grant Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local cultural councils of Alford-Egremont, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, North Berkshire, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield and Stockbridge and with in-kind support and partnership from Berkshire Community College, Bidwell House Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Housatonic Heritage, the Lichtenstein Center, Shakespeare & Company.

With thanks to Keith Perry for the photograph of Mt. Greylock.  We chose this photo because Mt. Greylock is named for Wawanotewat 1670-1750. Born near Westfield, MA, of Woronoco-Pocomtoc heritage, he was one of the most important Native American leaders of this region.


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