Webinar: Ceremonial Stonework: The Enduring Native American Presence on the Land
This slideshow takes the audience on an extended virtual walk through the woods to see the ceremonial stonework left behind by the indigenous population that occupied New England for over 12,000 years. Native Americans built nearly two dozen distinct types of structures in our area, ranging from cairns to stone serpent effigies, and these spiritual offerings remain standing in now long abandoned woods. While Native American stonework is widely recognized out west and to the south, New England’s stonework remains obscure, having blended back into the woods far from the trails most hikers travel. Although the exact meaning behind them remains unknown in most cases, there can be little doubt of the overall importance of this stonework to its creators or their descendants. These images, from the book by the same name, come from photographs of over 8000 objects and ceremonial sites in southeastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island. Slideshow and talk by Markham Starr.
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This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.