Teaching Native American Histories


Hyannis, Aquinnah, and Bridgewater, MA



July 5, 2019 - July 26, 2019 (3 weeks)


Summer Program

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This NEH Summer Institute offers a rigorous, humanities-based approach to Native American history that emphasizes key concepts rather than dates, events or famous people while maintaining a focus on primary sources and historical content. Summer Scholars will have an immersive experience in the Wampanoag homeland (Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard) with field trips to other communities in the region (Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan, Narragansett, and Nipmuc). The key concepts, which have broad application, are: 1) place, 2) identity, 3) land, 4) historical trauma and 5) how to find and evaluate classroom resources.

Project Director(s)

Alice Nash; Linda Coombs

Visiting Faculty

Jessie Little Doe Baird; Lisa Brooks; Peter d'Errico; Cheryll Toney Holley; Barbara C. Landis; Natalie Martinez; Paula Peters; Harlan Pruden; Lorén M. Spears; Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel

Grantee Institution

Five Colleges, Inc.

Funded through the Division of Education Programs