Mohican Presence: Engaging the Past and Imagining Indigenous and American Futures

Rhae Lynn Barnes

Friday, April 1, 2022, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Virtual Session

Tags: Music; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples; Religion


This panel will feature Stockbridge Mohican musicians Brent Michael Davids and Bill Miller, and Tribal Historic Preservation Manager Bonney Hartley, together with historian Rachel Wheeler and musicologist Sarah Eyerly. They have worked together for many years now on a project to re-sound Mohican language hymns from the Moravian Archives in a multifaceted project that both facilitates a new interpretive lens into eighteenth-century Mohican communities as they engaged with the forces of colonialism, while working with contemporary Mohican artists and communities in the furtherance of their aims of engaging with the legacy of missionary movements.

Session Participants

Presenter: Brent Michael Davids, Independent professional film and concert music composer

Presenter: Sarah Eyerly, Florida State University

Presenter: Bonney Elizabeth Hartley, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Presenter: Bill Miller

Presenter: Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis