Collapse, Plemie, Yellow Leaves





12:30pm - 2:00pm


4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/26

5/11 course rescheduled for Tuesday 5/26

Six Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Headlines today feature climate crisis and civic strife. In contrast, for thousands of years local indigenous people lived in harmony with the land and each other. By exploring the culture, beliefs and practices of the Muh-he-con-neok (Mohican) people, who inhabited the Berkshires in the days before the arrival of the European colonists, we will see the influence they and other indigenous cultures have on our present society.  Through presentations, suggested readings, and discussions, we will observe lessons learned and lessons missed, along with the relevance of indigenous culture, then and now, to the larger questions of human experience.


1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Charles C. Mann.  [Second Edition, Vintage, 2006]

Optional: Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England, William Cronon.[Hill and Wang, 1983]

Michael Forbes Wilcox holds an MA in Economics from Trinity College.  He is the Alford Town Moderator and a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism.

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