Expert to Share Research on Historic Indian Mariners

NEW BEDFORD – The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting Indian Mariners Project founder Jason Mancini for a lecture at their facility next week.

The project is a collaboration between multiple tribes, institutions, and individuals – to explore the history of and ongoing relationship between Native people and the sea.

Deprived of land and livelihood after the American Revolution, many Indian men joined the maritime trades – from shipbuilding to whaling.

Mancini’s lecture focuses on the hundreds of Indians who found work in the ports of Mystic, Stonington, and New London. He will explore the global social networks they formed, and their traveling histories from the objects they collected and stories they told. 

“Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project” begins at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Whaling Museum members, and can be reserved online at

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