Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot) is the final speaker at the #Indigenous History Conference. She is the author of the award-winning book Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change. sacredinstructions.life
Mitchell: What guidance have I been given that will lead me into the future? It's a circular route that we travel. We have to be living for all of our relations. This is how prayers are ended, relations are acknowledged.
Mitchell: so maybe that's where we should begin: how do we be good relatives? Think about grandmothers, mothers, aunties, they are the ones who have taught us how to be a good relative. This matrilineal line was directly attacked by colonialism and patriarchy.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is first up. If you haven't read her classic BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, you should get the beautiful special edition of it now (would make a great holiday gift!) from Milkweed Editions @Milkweed_Books: milkweed.org/book/braiding-…
Kimmerer: Will discuss the prophecies of the Seventh Fire which counter the myth of the First Thanksgiving and the overall lack of Native American historical literacy.
And the second session today at the #Indigenous History Conference is "From Traditional Knowledge to Colonial Oversight to Indigenous Integration: Educator’s Roundtable Indian Education in New England" with Alice Nash, Tobias Vanderhoop (Aquinnah Wampanoag),
Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock), and
Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora).
Vanderhoop: "The colonial system of education happened to us." Wampanoag in the colonized schools were seen as more controllable, agreeable, etc. But their intention to get rid of Native Americans via the colonize education system failed.
This morning I'm attending the second to last panels of the conference! "Writing Ourselves into Existence: Authors’ Roundtable: New England Native Authors and Literature" with Siobhan Senier @ssenier, Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (Mohegan) @tantaquidgeon, Carol Dana (Penobscot),
John Christian Hopkins (Penobscot), Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki), and Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag). This has been a fantastic conference, I hate that this is the last weekend! Thanks to all for your hard work! @Plymouth_400@BridgeStateU@joyce_rain18
Dawnland Voices edited by @ssenier is the first collection of its kind from Indigenous authors from what is now referred to as New England. Tribes are very good at shepherding their own literary works.
.@PauletteSteeves is up first to discuss "Reclaiming and Reviving Deep Indigenous Histories on Turtle Island". Steeves is Cree-Metis first, researcher and archaeologist second.
Steeves: Location is critical to an Indigenous research paradigm. Research is ceremony framed in respect and reciprocity. Stories lay the foundational framework of Indigenous sovereignty and material ground.
Karissa Lewis starts off the afternoon with inspiring words about what is challenging for her, but what also inspires her. This will be a day of testimony from those on the front lines. #TheFreedomSide#risingmajority
Barbara Ransby explains what a tribunal is and does. @BarbaraRansby: Tribunal and congress against white supremacy and terror. Testimonies of the problems will be heard today and tomorrow will be Solutions Sunday, come back to learn more about what you can do.
Suzanne Methot and the panelists begin with acknowledging the land they are on. She introduces the speakers whose narratives are included in the new @voiceofwitness@haymarketbooks book HOW WE GO HOME: VOICES FROM #INDIGENOUS NORTH AMERICA.
Second panel at today's #Indigenous History Conference is on colonization in America and features Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), Marjorie O'Toole, Tyler Rogers (Narragansett), and Jason Mancini. #indigenoushistory@Plymouth_400
Lisa Brooks: What true history is buried beneath the narratives? It is emerging through the work of many people, including those we've heard this weekend. Discusses Weetamoo of the fertile land of the Pocasset in Wampanoag Territory.
Brooks: Native women planted fields in the area, they were leaders. Colonizers tried to say the lands weren't settled but they were. King Phillips War was one against women and their planting fields.
Thomas Wickman is the first panelist of the first session, discussing wintering well in Native New England. 1300-1850 considered a Little Ice Age and the 1600s were among the coldest temps. Native communities were equipped to live well during these times. @Plymouth_400
Wickman: Tropes imply that modern history begins with European colonists. But there were millennia of winters that occurred before 1620. 17th c sources make clear that Indigenous families moved toward colder conditions, not away from them as colonists did.
Wickman: Native oral histories, written texts allow us to learn about the true history. Wickman and others have been careful to challenge colonial archive to understand bias of European writers of source materials.
Day 2 of the #Indigenous History Conference will feature panels on #colonization in American history. The first will include Jean O'Brien (Ojibwe), Tom Wickman, Darius Coombs (Mashpee Wampanoag), jessie little doe baird (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee).
First, Mark Charles (Navajo) will be speaking on the doctrine of discovery. Many people in Native communities have researched and written on this in attempt to bring it to the forefront.
Charles: Doctrine of Discovery, (like one papal bull written in 1452 by Nicholas V.) Church in Europe commanded Europeans to colonize, take over, steal, conquer lands. That people inhabiting those lands are inhuman. @wirelesshogan
Now listening to @candacytaylor as part of @Neon_Speaks talking about "Highway Life: Roots of Black Travel in America" and her book Overground Railroad.
The Green Book published 1936-1967; covered US and international destinations. Distributed by Black owned businesses and via mail order. Victor Green strategized to increase circulation via word of mouth. Provided ideas for safe accommodations for black people.
When the Green Book was first published, over half of the towns along Rt 66 were sundown towns. Most people who wrote about Rt 66 were white males. Taylor wanted to stop the romanticizing of it.
Next at the Indigenous history conf @Plymouth_400 is a panel on traditional life incl Gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag), Annawon Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag/Pequot/Narragansett), Donald Soctomah (Passamoquoddy), Paulla Jennings (Narragansett), David Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag).
Gkisedtanamoogk: Life BC--Before Columbus--was one of deep, abstract thought and being. Why didn't Columbus see the sophistication, peace, culture of the peoples he encountered? A nuanced culture that can live *with* the earth.
Annawon Weeden: Born after boarding school era, but still found it challenging to grow up defending Indigenous identity. Part of growing up were the traditions and lifestyle of many generations. Their calendar and cycles are a part of life, as well as female leadership.
This morning will begin with Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag) giving an introduction to the conference.
Then will continue with Joyce Rain Anderson (Wampanoag) @joyce_rain18 moderating a panel about Creation Histories. Panelists include Bob Charlebois (Abenaki), Nitana Greendeer (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Doug George (Mohawk).
Haykal: DH is an intesection of humanities and arts disciplines and technology. Involves examining how digital tools can be applied to humanities and how these subjects can influence knowledge of computing (Kirschenbaum 2010). DH brings the academy to the community.
Haykal: Digital exhibits are an example of DH at work. Mimic a physical exhibit but can be broader, using lots of media. Convey a particular narrative. You are content curator and digital manager. Some tools include Omeka, CurateScape, or website builder (Wix, WordPress, etc.)
Matt Burriesci from @pvdAth introduces Annette Gordon-Reed and Emily Owens. The Most Blessed of the Patriarchs is Gordon-Reed's most recent book. She's an expert on Thomas Jefferson and worked with another Jefferson expert (and friend) Peter Onuf on it.
Gordon-Reed: She is more knowledgeable about Jefferson and slavery and Onuf is more of an expert on Jefferson's intellectual life. They complemented one another well; melded it into one voice. Wanted to see what else they could find about Jefferson that was interesting.
Prof. Kimble is up first: What to do with Civil War or slaveholder monuments, not just in the US but globally? How do we use these monuments in public history? #asalh2020
Dr. Green @HilaryGreen77: From the beginning, African Americans rejected these monuments. White perspectives have framed historical memory, these monuments among them. Black people protested by any means possible. They voiced opposition in churches, schools, etc.
Richard Rothstein's book is The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America epi.org/publication/th…
Rothstein: Every metro area in this country is still segregated. The Civil Rights Movement didn't "solve" this. Much of the country wasn't convinced that segregation of neighborhoods was wrong or immoral. We've adopted a rationalization of it.