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November 13, 2012

Lecture to feature native cultures

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — SUNY Oneonta Professor Emeritus of Anthropology William A. Starna will give an Alden Scholar Series Lecture at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The lecture, titled “Of Different Worlds: American Indian-Dutch Experiences in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys,” will take place in the Alden Room on the third floor of the Milne Library.

To complement the lecture, the library will exhibit a selection of related books and articles, as well as artwork by Len Tantillo, including “Trading House” and “Fort Orange.” The lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

A longtime student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, Starna has worked for three decades as a consultant to more than 20 American Indian tribes and the Native American Rights Fund on treaty rights, land claims and the federal acknowledgment process.

He has written and edited numerous scholarly essays and several books, including, with Charles Gehring, Adriaen Van der Donck’s “A Description of New Netherland,” which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Starna’s most recent book, “From Homeland to New Land: A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600-1830,” is slated for publication by the University of Nebraska Press in early 2013.

Tantillo is an award-winning artist who was commissioned in 2005 to create a painting for a permanent exhibition on Dutch architecture in Colonial America in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2009, more than 50 of his original works were featured in a one-man exhibition, “Hollanders and the Hudson,” at the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Holland.

Established last spring by a group of faculty and staff from the library and History Department, the Alden Scholar Series is a permanent lecture series focused on contemporary research. This event is presented by the Alden Scholar Series Organizing Committee in association with Milne Library and sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with financial support from the Fund for Oneonta.