Award-winning author, literary scholar, and historian Lisa Brooks addresses an audience from behind a lectern.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Reframing Early History: King Philip’s War and the Abenaki Nation,” a talk by award-winning author, literary scholar, and historian Lisa Brooks, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Mack Hall Auditorium.

This event, sponsored by the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Brooks will share the vital context of the Abenaki country during the First Indian War, later named King Philip’s War. Drawing

from her research and insights for her most recent book, “Our Beloved Kin,” Brooks will invite attendees to use important native recollection, rare documents and maps of native lands to reframe the historical landscape.

She will also familiarize the audience with Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader unknown in traditional history but well-known in native recollection as a true diplomat who was elevated as a leader greater than King Philip.

Brooks, a professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, uses indigenous methodologies, including a focus on language, place, community engagement and deep archival investigation to “decolonize” history and open paths of inquiry.

“To bring engaging speakers and culturally relevant programs to Vermont and make these events public ... this is the purpose of the grant award from the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences,” said Kevin K. Fleming, president of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. “We are proud to support this event in the bicentennial Year of Norwich University.”

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