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Exploring Connecticut Archaeology: The Repatriations of Henry Opukahaia and Albert Afraid of Hawk

June 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Online

This Live Webinar be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm EST


Join us on Zoom as Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, discusses his latest book, The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry Opukahaia and Albert Afraid of Hawk.

Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia (ca. 1792—1818) and Albert Afraid of Hawk (ca. 1879—1900) 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 started the repatriation process. CT state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications in returning these men to their respective Native families. The Long Journeys Home chronicles these significant stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.


Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni serves as the emeritus state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UConn, and is Interim-President of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut and a former president of the National Association of State Archaeologists.

Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni


June 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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