Lec­ture looks at po­lit­i­cal sys­tem’s roots

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

HIGH­LAND » The demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal sys­tem of the United States and its evo­lu­tion from ear­lier Na­tive Amer­i­can sys­tems will be ex­plored in a lec­ture spon­sored by the Mid-Hud­son Sierra Club on Oct. 13.

Pro­fes­sor Evan Pritchard, a de­scen­dant of the Mic­mac Peo­ple and founder of the Cen­ter for Al­go­nquin Cul­ture, will speak about the Eastern Wood­lands roots of Amer­i­can democ­racy and their re­la­tion to present-day govern­ment. The 7 p.m. lec­ture will take place at Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road.

Pritchard is pro­fes­sor of Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory at Marist Col­lege in Pough­keep­sie, where he also teaches ethics and phi­los­o­phy. He re­cently pub­lished a book, “Na­tive New York­ers, The Legacy of the Al­go­nquin Peo­ple of New York.” His lec­tures in­clude sto­ry­telling, tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary songs, and bilin­gual po­etry.

The lec­ture will be fol­lowed by a ques­tion-an­dan­swer pe­riod, as well as a book-sign­ing.

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