Local Abenaki History Focus of Buttonwoods Museum Lecture Jan. 23

Abenaki Couple, an 18th-century watercolor by an unknown artist. (Courtesy of the City of Montreal Records Management & Archives, Montreal.)

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Local Abenaki history is revealed Jan. 23, when Buttonwoods Museum hosts a lecture by Dr. Robert Goodby.

According to the museum, “Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go ‘underground,’ concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth’s surface.

The lecture takes place, Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill.

Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. He holds a doctorate in anthropology from Brown University and has spent the last 30 years studying native American archaeological sites in New England. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010, he directed the excavations of four 12,000-year-old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene.

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