Cabin Fever Series: Nicholas Bellantoni, author of The Long Journeys Home
East Hampton Public Library
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1:00 PM
Nicholas Bellantoni is the author of The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry
Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia and Itankusun Wanbli lived almost a century apart and came from different Indigenous Nations – Hawaiian and Lakota. Yet the circumstances of Western imperialism that led them to leave their homelands and come to Connecticut where they died and were buried have striking similarities. In 1992 and 2008, descendant women had visitations that their ancestors wished to “come home” and they started the repatriation process. CT state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications needed to return these men to their respective Native families. In his talk, Bellantoni chronicles these significant stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.
Bellantoni is an associate adjunct professor in the anthropology department at the University of Connecticut and emeritus Connecticut state archaeologist at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.