11:30 AM EST
October 14, 2023 – Our 4th program in WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples – Long Island Native Americans and Missionaries featuring Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD.
In Dr. Linford Fisher’s book, The Indian Great Awakening, he discusses Native religious engagement, and how essential it is in understanding Native’s involvement in the Great Awakening. By August 1741, Azariah Horton, born in Southold was employed as a missionary by the Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SSPCK). He set out from Jamaica for Montauk preaching to numerous Native American clusters along the South Shore. Fisher will introduce a few lay ministers, exhorters, and educators such as, Paul Cuffee, Cyrus Charles, Peter John, Sampson Occom, and more, as he presents the missionaries serving the Long Island Native American community.
This is a FREE event.
Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD. is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. He is the author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (2012) and the co-author of Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father (2014). Fisher is the Principal Investigator of a digital project titled Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas, which is a community-centered, collaborative project that seeks to broaden our understanding of Indigenous experiences of settler colonialism and its legacies through the lens of slavery and servitude. Fisher is the author of more than a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on a diverse array of topics. He is currently finishing a book-length project, tentatively titled America Enslaved: Native Slavery in the English Caribbean and the United States, on Native American enslavement in English colonies in North America and the Caribbean and, later, in the United States, between Columbus and the American Civil War.
This event is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.