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Re-Assessing the Legend of Hannah Duston

Jul 31, 2020
Craig Michaud

Just as the Black Lives Matter movement inspired a re-consideration of Confederate statues, Native Americans are now calling for a closer look at the history of Hannah Duston’s statue in Boscawen. Her tale of native slaughter made her a colonial era heroine, but controversial in our time. Now there are efforts underway to expand the story to include Abenaki history.

Airdate: Monday, August 3, 2020

Sarah Gibson for NHPR


Merrimack Valley High School’s former mascot - a depiction of a Native American man in a headdress - will be removed from some parts of the school but remain in others. The compromise came after hours of public comments and discussion at a school board meeting on Monday night.

The school replaced its Native American mascot with a lion fifteen years ago, responding to concerns that the image was hurtful and offensive.

Andree Reno Sanborn / Flickr/CC

We’re sitting down with author Jay Atkinson to talk about his new book, ‘Massacre on the Merrimack’ - which takes on the Hannah Duston story.

This program was originally broadcast on 9/29/15.