Lecture looks at political system’s roots
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.