Ancient Stories, New Neighbors

Decolonizing Indigenous Homelands & 17th-century New England

July 24- August 6, 2022

Plimoth Patuxet Museums - Plymouth MA

**Depending on public health guidance related to COVID19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.**

Explore new voices and historical perspectives that are rapidly changing the way we understand and teach Indigenous and colonial history and its continued significance today. Join Plimoth Patuxet Museums and expert faculty from tribal communities, colleges, and universities across the country for a two-week, residential NEH Summer Institute for Teachers July 24 - August 6, 2022.

Ancient Stories, New Neighbors will use Mourt’s Relation, a 1622 English pamphlet detailing the early years of Plymouth Colony, as a case study in decolonizing historical narratives and recentering Indigenous voices by employing a range of related primary sources including archaeology, landscape, material culture, oral history, and written documents. The institute will reveal how an Indigenous-colonial regional landscape was built and evolved through collaboration and conflict in the 1600s.

Meet our Ancient Stories, New Neighbors Faculty

    • Dr. J. Cedric Woods (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Institute Co-Director

    • Dr. Charlotte Carrington Farmer (Roger Williams University), Institute Co-Director

    • Bradford Lopes II (Aquinnah Cultural Center/Wiscasett Public Schools), K12 Advisor

    • Darius Coombs (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)

    • Dr. Julie Fisher (Bard High School Early College DC)

    • Dr. Linford Fisher (Brown University)

    • Dr. Nitana Hicks Greendeer (Weetumuw Katnuhtôhtâkamuq/Brown University)

    • Dr. David Landon (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

    • Vicki Oman (Plimoth Patuxet Museums)

    • Loren Spears (Tomaquag Museum)

    • Cassius Spears (Narragansett Indian Tribe)

    • Dr. Rae Gould (Brown University)

    • Dr. Stephen Mrozowski (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

    • David Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe)

    • Richard Pickering (Plimoth Patuxet Museums)

    • Kim Van Wormer (Plimoth Patuxet Museums)

    • Tim Turner (Plimoth Patuxet Museums)

    • Dr. Christine DeLucia (Mount Holyoke College)

A note about health and safety: The health and safety of our Institute participants, faculty, and administrators is of the utmost importance to us. All institute activities have been planned with our participants' safety in mind and in accordance with the latest CDC and Massachusetts COVID19 guidelines. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at