Indigenizing Veritas

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Interior of wetu. Photograph by Barbara Fash.

The Harvard Yard Archaeology Project of 2009 helped inspire efforts to remember the Indian College and students who resided there. In Spring 2010, Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC), along with the community members from various New England tribes, constructed a wetu in front of Matthews Hall. By constructing this traditional Wampanoag dwelling where the excavations located the Indian College, student members of NAHC reactivated the memory of Native Americans and the Indian College at Harvard today.


Wetu on campus. Photograph by Barbara Fash.

Recently, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations commissioned a portrait of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck. The portraiture project not only remembers Caleb, but also celebrates the Native American individuals who made significant contributions to Harvard’s history and diversity. Caleb’s 1665 graduation forged the way for Native students at Harvard. His legacy was reinvigorated when Native students formed what was to become the Harvard University Native American Program in the early 1970s.


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