In this class, Joan Lester, who has had the privilege of being educated by Native Americans in New England, and is a retired Tufts lecturer of American Studies with a concentration in Native American issues, will revisit stories including the first Thanksgiving, the first constitution in America. Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, the real names of tribal leaders known as Sitting Bull and Rain in the Face, the discovery of America, Custer’s Last Stand, the Battle of Wounded Knee, and the value of treaties as explained by past and present Native American voices. Wampanoag elder, educator, author and historian Linda Jeffers Coombs will lead the third class session.
Joan Lester has had the privilege of being educated by Native Americans. She taught Native American Studies and Native American Art at Tufts University for many years and continues to support Native American issues.