Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still
On view August 6, 2021 to January 9, 2022
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Explore the story of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community from early history to modern culture and beyond from their own perspective, with historical accounts, contemporary oral histories, timelines, photographs, objects, and more in this compelling new exhibition created in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
About the Curator
Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still is curated by Heather Bruegl, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, Bruegl is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in U.S. History. She has spoken for numerous groups including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of the Menominee Nation, the Kenosha Civil War Museum, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and currently sits on the board for the Wisconsin Federation of Museums and the Educator and Interrupters Committee for the American Association for State and Local History.
Several regional groups were involved with the conceptualization and realization of this exhibition, including Housatonic Heritage.
The Berkshire Museum was a recipient of a Housatonic Heritage partners grant for this project. Here is the news about that grant round:
Housatonic Heritage awards grants for
Native American interpretation projects
2021 Heritage Partnership Grant awarded to six local nonprofits
STOCKBRIDGE, MA – Housatonic Heritage announces grant awards to six organizations, supporting interpretive programs and projects that explore the history and heritage of indigenous people who lived in the Upper Housatonic Valley region. The region includes cities and towns in Berkshire County, Mass., and in Litchfield County, Conn.
The awardees include the following organizations, and grants will facilitate new or assist with ongoing/larger projects:
• Berkshire Historical Society: Trails and Tales at Arrowhead. Interpretive walking trail that focuses on Mohican history in the area; and a Zoom presentation by the Stockbridge Munsee Community’s Director of Historic Preservation.
• Berkshire Museum: Mo-he-con-e-ok: The People of the Waters that Never Stand Still, a major exhibition being curated by a Stockbridge Munsee Community historian.
• Bidwell House Museum: Expanded programs related to their Native American Interpretive Trail, in conjunction with the Berkshire Museum exhibition.
• Hancock Shaker Village: The Shakers and Indigenous People: An interpretive signage project.
• Southern Berkshire Regional School District: Summer educator film documentary travel to Bowler, Wisconsin, and to various sites of significance after the Mohican-Munsee removal from their homelands.
• Stockbridge Library Museum and Archives: Deeds of Our Past: The Stockbridge Indians and Colonial Bonds. Acknowledging the Stockbridge Munsee Community through artifacts and archival documents.
Members of the Stockbridge Munsee Community/Mohican Nation were involved in the application review process for this grant round. Housatonic Heritage periodically offers grants to eligible non-profit organizations, educational institutions and municipalities for specific programs and projects. The funding distributed in this program was $55,000, and is matched by the host institution.
The mission of Housatonic Heritage is to heighten appreciation of the region, preserve its natural and historical resources, and to improve the quality of life and economy of the area.
The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area includes nine towns in Connecticut and 20 in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts: Alford, Becket, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, and West Stockbridge. In Connecticut: Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren.
Housatonic Heritage has offices in Salisbury, Conn., and Stockbridge, Mass., and an Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield.