Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Allyson LaForge

American Studies


Allyson LaForge's dissertation project “Materializing Futurity: Networks of Native Organizing in the Northeast” examines the role Indigenous material culture played during transnational Native Northeast movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, led by coalitions of Native leaders, activists, artists, craftspeople, and writers who worked to resist settler colonialism and ensure Indigenous futurity. Allyson argues for material culture as an ongoing sociopolitical force that enabled knowledge transmission and communication within and beyond Native communities in the broader Northeast, an extended network of peoples and waterways encompassing Wabanaki in the east, Anishinaabe in the west, and Narragansett, Nipmuc, Wampanoag, and Mohegan in the south. The project also frames these Native Northeast networks through shared environmental knowledge and Indigenous activism, placing these Algonquian nations as interconnected and central to histories of pan-Indian political organizing.