On View through January 9, 2022 from 10 – 5 pm
“We once called this land home and while forced removal may have physically moved us, our hearts remain. Muh-he-con-ne-ok: The People of the Waters That Are Never Still showcases the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Communities past, present, and future.”
Following the symbolic pathway of water throughout the exhibition, visitors will develop new insights into the history and culture of this Berkshire County Indigenous community through objects from the Berkshire Museum collection and those of partner institutions, contemporary oral histories and historical profiles of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, timelines, and more. As they travel through the galleries, museum patrons will trace the journey of this region’s first residents from their lands that stretched from the Hudson River Valley to Berkshire County, through forced removal from these lands by white colonizers, to their current home in Wisconsin. Along the way, visitors will explore historical and current-day topics, discover actions they can take to be better allies to Indigenous people worldwide, and unlearn harmful misconceptions and stereotypes.
About the Curator–The Exhibit 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.
Fulfilling Our Commitments to the Community–The Exhibit is just one small step in the Berkshire Museum’s efforts to fulfill its commitment to the Berkshire community to join with organizations engaged in the fight against racism, develop programming that amplifies the voices, works, and experiences of under-represented populations, and make the museum a place where people of all backgrounds feel welcomed and included. The museum continues efforts to reckon with the provenance of its collections and work with Indigenous communities to return sacred and stolen items and right the wrongs of the past.
Presented in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.