Learn the history of early Dutch settlement and the Algonquin people on an exploration through NY’s oldest public park.

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What You'll Do

Before any European ship made contact with the Americas, the island that would eventually be called Manhattan bustled with Algonquin-speaking Native Americans. Evan Pritchard—a history professor of Algonquin and Celtic descent—relays stories about the land beneath New York City, highlighting important events ranging from before the arrival of European colonists to the end of the Revolutionary War. While enjoying the scenery in Bowling Green, the city's oldest public park, you'll take part in traditional Algonquin ceremonies and view historical sites, such as the city's first cobblestone street and the flagpole where the British flag last flew over New York.

  • Learn About Manhattan's Original Inhabitants
    History professor and Algonquin descendant Evan Pritchard relays facts and stories about the tribes that once lived in New York's busiest borough

  • Hear the History of Bowling Green
    Walk around the city's oldest public park, which served as an Algonquin meeting place, a Dutch cattle market, and a Revolutionary War battleground

  • Experience Traditional Algonquin Ceremonies
    Learn the significance of the earth in Native American spirituality, as well as the importance of using land for spiritual, healing purposes

Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 7 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Evan PritchardEvan Pritchard
Algonquin Cultural Expert

As a descendant of the Algonquin Micmac people, Evan Pritchard has dedicated his life to the study and preservation of Native American culture. Pritchard has taught Native American studies at Pace, Marist, and Vassar, and he is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, which has helped catalog languages and map the geography of its eponymous Amerindian group. His vast expertise and deep respect for Native American culture has led him to publish a book on the subject and serve as a point person between native elders and the media for more than 30 years.


When

Tours begin at noon.

  • Saturday
    November 23

  • Sunday
    November 17
    November 24


Where You'll Meet

Tours begin in front of the steps of the Museum of the American Indian.


In a Nutshell

History professor and Algonquin descendant delves into the Native American history of New York while telling stories about Bowling Green

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 7 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. See the rules that apply to all deals. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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