From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers, Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands
February 7 @ 10:00 am - February 28 @ 12:30 pm UTC-5$5.
For Four Fridays in February this lecture program will examine Native American cultures and adaptations in the Eastern Woodlands over the past 14,000 years ago. Changing climate and environmental settings over that time, particularly the end of the last ice age and the appearance of an essentially modern climate, as well as population movements, resulted in the development of many prehistoric cultures and diverse life ways.
However, Native American continuity of occupation on the land is readily apparent through the archaeological record. That record shows that populations grew and declined, subsistence, trade, and ritual activity became more complex, and relationships to the land changed. Although popular culture has developed its own take on past Native Americans, the reality of the story is quite different and little known by most.The true story however is more fascinating than fiction.
Eugene Boesch, of Mahopac, has undertaken archaeological investigations in the Hudson Valley area for 30 years. His work has primarily focused on Native American cultures and adaptation in the Eastern Woodlands of North America and on early Euro-American settlement in the Hudson Valley region. He has also worked in Israel, California, and the Illinois River Valley. Dr. Boesch teaches at Adelphi University and Westchester Community College, and is a member of the Westchester County Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and the Putnam County Historic Preservation. He presents programs for the Renard Lecture Series at the Shames JCC on the Hudson.
This program is presented by Mainstream the Institute for Mature Adults Westchester Community College. IT IS FUNDED THROUGH THE US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – ADMINISTRATION ON AGING (AoA), NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR THE AGING, WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SENIOR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
Register in advance by calling the Shames JCC Welcome Desk 914 366-7898, orvisiting the Welcome Desk in person or, if you have previously registered for programs online, go to shamesjcc.org.