Springfield Museums Events May

Museums à la Carte Lecture

Museums à la Carte Lecture

May 23rd, 12:15 pm

General Museum Event

“USE DILATORY MEANS:” William Pynchon and the Native Americans
Rev. David M. Powers, independent scholar, native of Springfield, and retired Congregational minister in the United Church of Christ

In his respectful treatment of Native American culture, rights, and even language, William Pynchon (1590-1662) differed dramatically from his fellow Puritans. Crucial to Pynchon’s political viability and economic success were his  cordial, collaborative relationships with the Native Americans of the Connecticut River Valley, where he repeatedly urged caution, acted with restraint, and opposed military engagement at every turn. Though his unique, consistently articulated policy and practice of respect for indigenous peoples was marred by blind spots and ethnocentric assumptions, his remarkable approach suggests an alternative path for Native American - English relationships -- but regrettably a road not taken.   
$2 members; $4 nonmembers

Davis Auditorium, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided.

Sponsored by Big Y.

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