Land Acknowledgement

We are on indigenous land.

Our community is based near the city of Boston. We acknowledge the literal ground of our being here, this precious and beautiful part of the earth, as well as all the beings who have been here before us – especially the first peoples who have cared for it. This act of acknowledging is a way to recognize a more accurate version of the history that brings us to this moment. A land acknowledgement begins to heal the land, and our relationship with it, by speaking to it and saying the names of its caretakers.

This land is the territory of the Massachusett People and their neighbors the Nipmuc and Wampanoag, who have stewarded this land for hundreds of generations.

Massachusett (MASS-SAH-CHOO-SET)
Pokanoket (PO-KAN-OKET)
Mashpee Wampanoag (MASH-PEE WAUM-PAH-NOG)
Aquinnah Wampanoag (AH-QUIN-NAH WAUM-PAH-NOG)
Nipmuc (NIP-MUCK)

Indigenous nations have endured a history of displacement, genocide, colonization, historical misinformation and erasure. All non-indigenous people living here are settlers and colonizers, though not all settlers benefit from settler colonialism. 

We invite you to join us in learning about the ancestral and living native people of this area (or wherever you live). This map is a great place to start. If you believe any information here to be incomplete or inaccurate, please contact us at [email protected]

Learn more about the history and the living tribes of Massachusetts here:
https://www.mcnaa.org
http://massachusetttribe.org
https://mattakeeset.com/
https://www.herringpondtribe.org/our-history/
https://www.pocassetpokanoket.com/pocasset/
http://nipmucnation.homestead.com/history1.html
https://chappaquiddickwampanoag.org
https://www.pocassetpokanoket.com/pocasset/

 

Other resources
https://historyofmassachusetts.org/native-american-tribes/
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/sanctioned-theft-tribal-land-loss-massachusetts

 

Learn about Land Acknowledgements here:
https://nativegov.org/a-guide-to-indigenous-land-acknowledgment/
https://www.mcnaa.org/land-acknowledgement
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4973371