Hundreds of years ago, areas now within Schodack Island State Park were home to the Mohican people. Artist Len Tantillo has generously given us permission to post two of his paintings that help bring that period to life. The first, featured above and titled “The Grandfather,” is set, Len says, in the early 1600s shortly before the arrival of the Europeans and shows a Mohican Village near present day Castleton. In it, a tribal elder relates an exciting story to a mesmerized audience.
This second painting titled “Pap-scan-ee” shows a Mohican summer encampment along the Hudson River south of Albany about 1600. The Mohican people were great farmers and fishermen. During the development of Schodack Island State Park, care was taken not to disturb areas where evidence of Mohican settlements were found. (For more information about the Mohicans, the Dutch, and other early settlers in what is now Schodack Island State Park see the History of the Schodack Islands page on this website).
Tantillo’s work has appeared in national museum exhibitions, books, periodicals, and television documentaries. Prints of these and other paintings set in the Hudson Valley of the past are available for purchase through his website: www.lftantillo.com.