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.
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.
Tours begin at noon.
Where You'll Meet
Tours begin in front of the steps of the Museum of the American Indian.