2018 History Talk – Judith Putnam Hartley

July 21, 2018, 10 a.m.

Frenemies: Relationships between European colonists and Mohicans in 18th Century New England

by Judith Putnam Hartley

Judy Hartley20087912 (2)Join the Bidwell House Museum for the last History Talk of the 2018 season with Judith Putnam Hartley, Stockbridge Munsee Mohican tribal elder.  Ms. Hartley will discuss the “friendly” Indians who encountered—and fed— Henry Hudson in 1609.  By the time the Mohicans moved to Stockbridge in the 1730s they had a history of navigating European interactions. The Mohicans willingly served alongside the Colonists in wartime yet the failure of English-Mohican shared governance in Stockbridge and unsatisfactory court petitions regarding land disputes repeatedly called into question whether the relationship was one of friends, enemies or both?  Ms. Hartley will share some of her ancestors’ own words in reflecting on these encounters.

Judy Putnam Hartley is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohicans, the tribe whose homelands is in the Berkshires and Hudson River Valley. She grew up on the reservation in Wisconsin with her five sisters, one brother, and two half-sisters. She has a degree in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an MBA from Anderson University. She lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is an active home visitor with Saint Vincent de Paul, and works in a technical support role for a global healthcare firm. As a Mohican elder, she has enjoyed writing stories influenced by memories of her childhood and inspired by her cultural heritage. She is a member of the Mohican Writer’s Circle. One of her stories received the top award in the Oneida Nation Arts Program’s literary journal Yukhika-latuhse.

The Bidwell House Museum History Talks are held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham at 10 a.m. Suggested donation $15 per person, $10 for members of the museum.