Forge Project acknowledges that we are situated on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Moh-He-Con-Nuck, the Peoples of the Waters that Are Never Still. We recognize that there is a history to this land that is older than we are and pay honor and respect to this history and to the Elders, past, present, and future.

The Moh-He-Con-Nuck

A person walks through a forest with leaves on the path
2021 Forge Project Fellow Brock Schreiber (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans) on ancestral Moh-He-Con-Nuck homelands. Credit Thatcher Keats.

Archeaological evidence indicates that there has been a Mohican presence since 12,500 BP. Reaching the eastern edge of the country, the Mohicans settled in the valley of a river where the waters, like those in their original homeland, were never still. They named the river the Mahicannituck and themselves the Moh-He-Con-Nuck, the People of the Waters That are Never Still. The name evolved through several spellings, including Mahikan. During mass land disposession, genocide, and warfare in the 1700s, Mohican and Munsee-speaking Lenape joined to form one nation in order to ensure their survival. Today, they are known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Others of these Lenape people chose to settle on the river later renamed the Delaware, and are sometimes called Delaware Indians. 

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