A discussion with Lisa Brooks, PhD, “Our Beloved Kin”, and Christine Delucia, PhD, “Memory Lands”.
This year, seven art education students found inspiration in Wabanaki folklore for their University of Maine Art Education Student Outreach project. Students enrolled in Professor Constant Albertson’s AED 474: Topics in Art developed original linoleum blocks and used them to print t-shirts intended to be sold on campus and in the community. All of the proceeds will go toward supporting the programs and activities that the Gedakina, Inc. fosters in Native American communities across New England.
“As I was designing the course I researched many Wabanaki issues,” Albertson said. “The students talked it over and did research. We were very excited to work with Gedakina. We didn’t want the product to be another bauble, something that you shove in a junk drawer, and we thought it would be important to use relevant images and symbols.”
In AED 474, Albertson hoped to teach her students skills in collaboration, negotiation and leadership, while showing them how to integrate an art curriculum with community service efficiently. “Art is critical to creating culture and community,” Rochelle Lawrence, an art education student enrolled in AED 474, said. “It creates awareness of the people, animals, nature and history that have come before you.”
Gedakina, which means “Our world, a way of life” in the Wabanaki language, works to bring like-minded community members and allies together to support and empower Native American and indigenous youth. They also work to challenge racism and continual colonialism and encourage inclusiveness and diversity.
A lecture with Lisa Brooks, author of “Our Beloved Kin” : A New History of King Phillips War.
7 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Greenfield Community College, Stinchfield Lecture Hall
Note: 5pm book signing at World Eye Books in Greenfield, MA
Free and open to the public!
In Our Beloved Kin, Lisa Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s pathbreaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, reading the actions of actors during the seventeenth century alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history.
Via Rick Pouliot at Gedakina:
We wanted to pass this information along for the 2017 Deer Island Memorial on behalf of the Natick Nipmuc Indian Council. Folks interested in paddling and/or walking/running should contact Kristen Wyman: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also wanted to mention that even if you can’t participant as a paddler, runner or walker – please come out and support this important event. In addition to a morning circle at Deer Island, there is an afternoon circle at the Falls in South Natick, followed by a community potluck social. If you can – we know that the paddlers also appreciate being welcomed after the 18 mile paddle; and runners/walkers appreciate the support as they run/walk into South Natick.
Hope to see you on the 7th.
Rick Pouliot GEDAKINA
Natick Nipmuc Indian Council DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL 2017
SACRED PADDLE and WALK Saturday, October 7, 2017
All are invited for a Day of Remembrance in honor of the Native peoples forcibly removed in October 1675 from South Natick and the other “Praying Towns” by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and imprisoned on Deer Island in Boston Harbor during the resistance known as King Phillip’s War. The few who survived returned to their aboriginal homelands to rebuild their lives and tribal nations. We remember the ancestors’ sacrifice and survival through ceremony on Deer Island, a Sacred Paddle through Boston Harbor up the Charles River and a walk from Brighton to Natick. The day ends in prayer at the falls in South Natick and a Potluck Feast and Social.
8:00 AM Paddlers meet at Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA
8:30 AM Paddlers are shuttled to Deer Island for 9:00AM arrival, gear-up & safety instruction
9:00 AM Welcome Circle/Discussion (Spectators Only) at Deer Island, 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop, MA
9:30 AM Prayer and send-off . Sacred Paddle departs from Deer Island. Sacred walkers caravan to Brighton.
10:30 AM Walkers depart to the falls in South Natick
1:30 PM Sacred Paddle arrives at Community Rowing , 20 Nonantum Rd. Brighton (Time is approximate)
3:00 PM Ceremony at the falls in South Natick , 58 Eliot St., Natick, MA
4:00 PM Potluck Feast and Social at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760
Special thanks to Gedakina, Nipmuk Nashaounk, and all our volunteers.
The Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence, their friends, families and allies. Sponsored in part by Gedakina.org.
Opening Ceremony 1:00 pm on April 13th
Fire will burn until 1:00pm on April 14th
People who come to the healing fire are welcome to make offerings to the fire. Wooden shims and sharpies will be provided and you are welcome to bring letters and pictures of your own. Amherst College is honored to partner with Gedakina Inc. in an effort to provide a space for healing with our campus community. In 2002 Gedakina cofounded the Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The purpose of the Healing Fire Initiative is to offer survivors of sexual violence a welcoming and comforting place to break the isolation they may feel, build community with other survivors, advocates, and supporters, and begin or continue their healing process. This program is now a regional initiative with organizations and colleges/universities across the United States adopting this award-winning program. The Healing Fire will begin with an opening ceremony at 1:00 pm onThursday April 13th, on the Freshman Quad (directly across from the Frost Library entrance. The fire will be burning until 1:00pm on April 14th and will staffed by faculty, staff and crisis support center staff throughout the 24 hour period. Please feel free to stay for any amount of time that feels right for you. In respect for attendees we ask that no photography or social media include faces of people unless you have explicit permission.
“When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, there are no voices that tell me I am to blame, that I am the only one, or that I deserve to be assaulted. When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, I see the many kind faces before me. I hear their stories and feel the warmth and wisdom that we share. There is a power hear tonight, As this fire symbolizes the strength of survivors, it also symbolizes our passion, our righteous anger, our commitment and hope for a future where our children will be free of abuse and violence.” – A quote from a Survivor who attended a Healing Fire in Burlington, Vermont
Living Waters, Animate Lands
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Braiding Story, Skills and Sustenance with Hope for a Sustainable Future
Thursday, April 6 (UMass Amherst Campus Center: Cape Cod Lounge)
6:30 pm Welcome Reception
7:00 pm Film: “The Spirit of Standing Rock”
Friday, April 7 (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly)
9:00 am Gathering, Welcome, Opening Ceremonies
9:30-11:00 Opening address and Animate Lands Panel
11:30-1:00 Living Waters Panel
1:00-2:00 Buffet lunch for all participants
2:00-3:00 Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants
3:15-4:15 Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants
4:30-5:00 Summary Discussion and Closing (All)
6:30pm Evening Reception (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly lobby)
7:00pm Reading by LeAnne Howe and Susan Power
Saturday, April 8 (gather at Amherst College)
10:00-noon TEK plant walk
Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, and author of Sacred Ecology (Third Edition, Routledge, 2012)
John Banks is the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation and, as a representative of his nation, helped develop the Penobscot River Restoration Project
Amberdawn LaFrance works for the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program, part of the Environmental Division of the Akwesasne/St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which recently produced a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the nation.
Natalie Michelle is a citizen of Penobscot nation and a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnobotany and Adaptive Management at the University of Maine, Orono.
With a dual background in art and marine science, Elizabeth James Perry works for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation office.
Nicholas James Reo is a citizen of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Assistant Professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, where where he studies Indigenous knowledge and ecological stewardship on Indigenous lands.
LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian and Native American experiences.
Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel), Roofwalker (a story collection), and the new novel, Sacred Wilderness.
Judy Dow is an Abenaki educator who specializes in sharing indigenous environmental knowledge with youth. A basketmaker and artist, she incorporates traditional ecological knowledge into her art and her teaching.
Sponsored in part by Gedakina.org.