Land Acknowledgement

This land recognition statement is created by the Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective in consultation with local Tribal leaders and Indigenous peoples elsewhere. This statement is dynamic and may change depending on the changing goals of the Collective. At this time, we fight the invisibility of Indigenous peoples in the state of NH and call on you to join us in adopting this statement or creating your own that reflects local Indigenous peoples’, past and present, lasting connection to and stewardship of the land and waterways in what we now refer to as the state of New Hampshire. Further, since we aim to participate in lifting up local Indigenous cultural heritage, we adopt some Abenaki (a dialect of the Algonquian language family) terms in the statement. This is a current proposed version: 

“This talk/event/performance/etc. takes place on (or this library/school/theater/etc. is located on) N’dakinna, which is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and waterways and the alnobak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.”

You can potentially add (1) that some of these peoples are currently lacking federal recognition; and (2) that this land continues to be unceded. 

Land Acknowledgement at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Land Acknowledgement at the People of the Dawnland exhibit
at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH

Read more about the #HonorNativeLand movement and the call from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land: https://usdac.us/nativeland

Read more about the importance of and some problems with land acknowledgments: https://apihtawikosisan.com/2016/09/beyond-territorial-acknowledgments/ “If we think of territorial acknowledgments as sites of potential disruption, they can be transformative acts that to some extent undo Indigenous erasure. I believe this is true as long as these acknowledgments discomfit both those speaking and hearing the words. The fact of Indigenous presence should force non-Indigenous peoples to confront their own place on these lands.”

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