Indigenous People’s Day

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Date(s) - 10/11/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Historical Society of Cheshire County


The first people to see Mount Monadnock arrived almost 13,000 years ago, sharing the region with caribou and a dwindling number of wooly mammoths. On Indigenous People’s day, Monday, October 11th, some of their descendants will gather with other members of the community to celebrate the publication of a new book detailing their compelling story. The book launch event for A Deep Presence will begin at 6:00 on October 11th at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The event is free and open to the public.

To register for the event or order a copy of the book, please visit  The book is also available for purchase in the Museum Store at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, located at 246 Main Street, Keene NH. Copies will also be available for sale, and the author will be on hand for questions and autographs.

A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History celebrates the survival and long history of the Abenaki and their ancestors. Written by archaeologist Dr. Robert Goodby and published by Peter E. Randall Publisher in partnership with the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the book describes his twenty years of fieldwork with students from Franklin Pierce University.

First-person accounts illustrated with sixty high-quality color images describe the discovery and excavation of important sites. 12,600 years ago at Tenant Swamp in Keene Paleoindians endured frigid winters, leaving traces of four tents warmed by small fires, fragments of caribou bone, and over 200 stone tools coming from quarries as far as 350 miles away. The Swanzey Fish Dam, a large stone dam in the Ashuelot River, was constructed 4,000 years ago and was still used when European settlers arrived in the mid-18th century. On a sandy knoll overlooking Nubanusit Brook in Peterborough, Native people made repeated visits beginning almost 6,000 years ago to trap beaver and hunt turtles. At the Wantastiquet Mountain site in Hinsdale, an eroding river bank yielded thousands of artifacts and the remains of timber rattlesnakes, hunted for over 4,000 years by the site’s inhabitants. And in the early 20th century, the Abenaki Sadoques family became prominent members of the Keene community, serving in the armed forces and working as basket makers, nurses and milliners.


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