The American Studies Program’s Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative is holding its inaugural public event on October 22, 2020, 7pm-9pm EST:
We are on Indigenous Land: Re/claiming Native Spaces

This virtual event brings together Indigenous community leaders for a discussion about the reclamation of Indigenous Ohlone and Wabanaki spaces. We will view three short films Beyond Recognitioni am ákʷitən, the medicine tree vessel that carries our relatives, and The Nibezun Project. Q&A discussion follows with Corrina Gould (Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone) of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Tim Shay (Penobscot) and Lilah Akins (Penobscot) of Nibezun.

Beyond Recognition tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities and organizing strategies to preserve Native cultures and homelands in a society bent on erasing them. Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the confederated villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, and co-founder of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, and Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC).

i am ákʷitən, the medicine tree vessel that carries our relatives is an imaginative exploration of ancestral ties to Wabanaki lands and waters, collectively created by Lilah Akins, Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Emilia Dahlin, Cory Tamler, and Jennie Hahn.

The Nibezun Project provides an introduction to Nibezun, a sacred gathering place of the Wabanaki on the Penobscot River.

Sponsored by the Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative in American Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Center for Arts and Humanities, Oak Institute, Anthropology, Art, Environmental Studies, and History.