While in Houston this past weekend for a series of amazing gatherings of teachers from the National Education Association, I got to meet Gabrielle and Warren from the US Dept. of Arts and Culture, who were repping their #honornativeland project. It’s a powerful attempt to use the movement towards land acknowledgements not as the end of a discussion, but the beginning of one. From the project:
“For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other. They remain at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and the life it sustains. Today, corporate greed and federal policy push agendas to extract wealth from the earth, degrading sacred land in blatant disregard of treaty rights. Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice.”
Go to their site now and download HONOR NATIVE LAND: A GUIDE AND CALL TO ACKNOWLEDGMENT. You can also find lots of graphics and posters to download as well!
Thumbnail image by Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee-Yakama), posters on this page by Warren Montoya (Tamaya & Kha’po Owingeh) and Jaclyn Roessel (Diné).