The first inhabitants of Keene
WHITINGHAM - The Whitingham Free Public Library will present author Robert Goodby, a professor of anthropology at Franklin Pierce University, on Monday, April 25, at 7 pm. Professor Goodby will discuss how his first book, “A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History,”came to be.
Now in its second printing, the history begins almost 13,000 years ago, when small groups of Paleo-Indians endured frigid winters on the edge of a river in what would become Keene, NH.
This begins the remarkable story of Native Americans in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, part of the traditional homeland of the Abenaki people.
From the Tenant Swamp Site in Keene, NH, with the remains of the oldest known dwellings in New England, to the 4,000-year-old Swanzey Fish Dam still visible in the Ashuelot River, “A Deep Presence” tells their story in a narrative fashion, drawing on the author’s 30 years of fieldwork and presenting compelling evidence from archaeology, written history, and the living traditions of today’s Abenaki people. Books will be available for sale and signing.
This is a free program open to the public. Facemasks are optional. For more information call (802) 368-7506.