Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed
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About the Event
The Piscataqua River Watershed, a 12-mile-long tidal river that abuts both NH and Maine. It runs from the Salmon Falls River through to the Cocheco River and includes 5 other rivers flowing into Great Bay: Bellamy, Oyster, Lamprey, Squamscott and Winnicut Rivers.
The word Piscataqua has origins from the Abenaki inhabitants. The word is believed to be a combination of peske, meaning branch, and tegwe, meaning a river with a strong current.
This geographic area had all the elements necessary for comfortable survival and prolonged life for the native peoples who lived here before contact with Europeans starting in the late 1400s and early 1500s.
Presented by David Miller, known for his research on the native peoples of the Piscataqua River watersher, he started his journey when looking for an accurate detailed study of the Indians who lived in this area and found that none existed. He took it upon himself to try to rectify this gap in the historic record.
This presentation will begin with a short introduction and Land Recognition Ceremony conducted by Kathleen Blake.
Kathleen Blake is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire and of Plymouth State University. She is an indigenous mother and grandmother, and a retired teacher of environmental and biological sciences and school administrator. She is the current chair of the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs, an affiliate member of the UNH Indigenous Studies Minor Program, and a member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collective Collaborative.