Native Americans & America’s Whaling Fleets

Posted July 26, 2012, at 12:38 p.m.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, massive whaling and fishing fleets originated out of New England waters. Who better to serve on these ships than New England Native Americans, whose ancestors plied these waters for centuries before the arrival of Europeans? On Tuesday, August 7, 3 p.m. at the Wilson Museum on 120 Perkins Street in Castine, Dana Benner will explore the lives of these Native American whalers, including their duties, living arrangements, and hardships at sea.

Dana Benner has been writing and lecturing about Native American history for over 20 years. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Granite State College and is working on his Masters in Heritage Studies at Plymouth State University. Dana is of Penobscot/Piqwacket and Micmac descent and, while he lives in New Hampshire, his family originates from Maine.

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