Fort Ticonderoga tells the story of the military experience of the early modern world, and the collision of cultures from America, Europe, and Africa that shaped North American history. This special exhibit highlights the pivotal Native American role in the wars of the 18th-century through the unique material culture and artistic traditions of Native America. A rare example of Native quillwork and a beautifully carved club reveal the artistic skill of Native artisans, even for warlike objects. Despite the wars and dislocation of the 18thcentury these traditions and cultures have persisted across North America. Fort Ticonderoga hopes this installation will recognize the role of Native communities in the fate of the continent and encourage increasing dialogue between these First Nations and the descendants of the Europeans they fought against and alongside.
The map shown below was printed in Philadelphia in 1775 to help the readers of the Pennsylvania Magazine: or, American Monthly Museum visualize the theatre of war along Lake Champlain early in the Revolution. It is important because although readers knew the war was being fought against the British, the visual image of a Native warrior reinforced the understanding that Native Americans were central to the conflict.
This exhibit is supported by the Wallace Foundation in honor of their former Chief Investment Officer, Rob Nagel.