Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Native Indian American Museum At Picturesque Pocono Mountains


Native Indian American Museum


Picturesque Pocono Mountains

Sachi G. Dastidar

There are many in the Indian Subcontinent who are trying to save their history of 5,000 plus years, including the colonial era of the Second Millennia, including the British colonizer’s partitioning of India into Muslim India and Indigenous Non-Muslim Hindu India, and Persian-Arab non-ingenious Islamic rule. There are many similarities in colonization and marginalization of indigenous population in India, and colonization and marginalization of indigenous Native Indian American population in the United State of America, and rest of the New World.

 Pocono Area (below)

 Pocono and New York Metro Area


In the Subcontinent, there is a taboo and censorship against discussing the plight of indigenous population, traditionally called Hindus, since monotheistic colonization and proselytizing began with arrival of Arab-Persian Islamic conquerors, and then Portuguese-British Christian colonizers. There are many tolerant secular Muslim and Christian discussants in all subcontinental nations trying to save their history, but they have been made silent by Neo-colonial elites. Here is a link for one of the museums at Pocono: https://www.visitpa.com/region/pocono-mountains/pocono-indian-museum

The plight of Native Americans was not much discussed till early 20th Century when they received citizenship in the Unites States, the last one to get after Afro-Americans and women. Since then there have been many efforts to save their history through school curriculums, media, secular and Native American activism, and constructing Native Indian American museums all over the nation. Here is a link for one of the museums at Pocono: https://www.visitpa.com/region/pocono-mountains/pocono-indian-museum.

Recently, in the midst of Covid lockdown, our family took a trip to visit the Native Indian American museum in the beautiful area of Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania bordering the states of New York and New Jersey. Pocono is one of the places of tourist attraction containing mountain climbing, hiking, jogging, walking, swimming, nature watching, picnicking, eating in fancy restaurants, camping, visiting tourist attractions including Lakshmi shelter for animal freedom from slaughter, and many more.

It is worth mentioning that since 2008 Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project or ISPaD has been trying to establish a Partition Museum in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Since then a Partition Museum was opened in the border city of Amritsar, India, and in early 2022 ISPaD got a call from a young group in Kolkata informing that they are going to open a Partition Museum in Kolkata, and want ISPaD to formally open the museum in 2022. Earlier efforts by ISPaD to connect with the West Bengal State government of India, home of tens of millions of Pakistani-Bangladeshi-Hindu (and Buddhist and Christian) refugees, including most of the ruling elites, failed.

Here are some pictures from the museum:



Visiting Bushkill Falls


Pocono Mountain

Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary and Animal Protection Farm

The Sanctuary was started by a retired Dean, Dr. Sankar Sastri, of the City University of New York to protect all lives. After his passing in 2021, the Cow Sanctuary is managed by a local trust. The Sanctuary has "21 retired cows, 4 elderly cats, 3 chickens, and one pot belly pig," quoted from a note sent to the Dastidar family in July of 2022. In 2022 Dastidars visited the Sanctuary with Dr. Alireza Ebrahimi. 

   All the animals are donated by local residents for a safe survival in retirement. One of the elderly cats looked like our family cat Mishti (Sweet) who became very friendly to me within minutes of our arrival in 2022.

  The sanctuary is located at 163 Possinger Drive, Stroudsbuurg, PA 18360. Email: Lakshmicows@gamil.com. 


Our little Shriya-Lakshmi is trying to feed resident animals of Lakshmi Sanctuary.




An 18th Century Farm House



Family at a Fancy Covid-Restricted Dinner



 Pocono Hawley Lake


We learned a lot from the indigenous Indian Americans trying to save their history, and enjoyed the beauty of Pocono!


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