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Horace Beck Lecture Series – Devils & Giants in New England: The Appropriation of Native Sites by the English Colonists

October 3, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Free to Public

Rachel Sayet is a Mohegan tribal member who grew up spending time with her elders and working in her tribe’s museum.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  Rachel later received her master’s degree from Harvard University in anthropology.  Sayet’s thesis was on stories of a culture hero named Moshup, a giant who is taller than the tallest trees and stays near the ocean catching whales.  Moshup married Granny Squannit who was the leader of the Little People and keeper of plants and medicine, which ties back to the stories she would hear as a girl.  Moshup exists both in Mohegan and Wampanoag traditions.  These stories represent, as Rachel’s great-aunt Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon so aptly called it, “The Literature of the Land”.

Horace Palmer Beck (1920 – 2003) was a folklorist, sailor, and professor of American Literature at Middlebury College (VT). He tape recorded the personal experience of men and women associated with the sea on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of his best known books are Folklore of Maine and Folklore of the Sea. He also published articles for The American Neptune, The Journal of American Folklore, and other periodicals. The Connecticut River Museum Beck Lecture is supported by an endowment that funds an annual public presentation about history, folklore, storytelling, and regional music and culture.

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October 3, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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