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Good morning! My name is Rachel and I am the curator at the Lac-Brome Museum in the Eastern Townships, Québec, Canada.
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Good morning! Michelle Grohe from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, on the homelands of Massachusett Tribe in Boston, MA.
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Jeannette Ibarra Shindell, from the National Gallery of Art. and the ancestral lands of the Nacotchtank.
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Hello from Indiana, ancestral lands of the Potawatomi, Miami, Piankeshaw, and Wea.
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Also good morning from Oxford, Mississippi, the University of Mississippi (where our multi-faculty Slavery Research Group is an ICSC Academic Affiliate )
Land acknowledgments have become fairly commonplace in Canada from my experience, but I think the question of why we do it and what it brings is a good one. Saying it isn’t just action
Please feel free to share your responses here to any of these questions.
But it’s a good first step
Is it appropriate to only do them sometimes? Like to do one at the beginning of a program but not to do them every time a visitor comes in?
I work for a land grant institution and we have a deep and largely unacknowledged debt tp indigenous peoples whos land was appropriate to fund our work.
To educate the general (local) public about the area they live and work in and to extended an olive branch to those who felt they have lost out.
I used to work in the Southwest where land acknowledgements were more common. Now I'm in a Midwest state with no formally recognized tribes so I mostly just want people to recognize the history of removal that lead to this area
it's showing respect and honouring the treaties (in Canada)
Why am I doing this land acknowledgment? As a statement at beginning in public programs, on our website, and on site via signage to refer to not only the past and current presence and use of land by native Tribes, and also to demonstrate our ongoing relationship building with Massachusetts Tribe by sharing what we are learning together as we move forward with current and upcoming projects. The land acknowledgement is part of our relationship building - that is why we are making the statement - to signal we are doing this work and learning, updating how we tell our stories
We are trying to reconcile the history of Hart Island as a whole.
An aside, last evening on AGT a native American performer was acknowledged as a success and was "taking America back." This made me very uncomfortable, for her and for Howie Mandel. It seemed insensitive and reminded me why we need to acknowledge our full history if wed are ever to grow and move forward.
We have a colleague (professor) who believes that any acknowledgement should come with a statement on how the "colonialists" (past and present) benefited from the theft of indigenous lands.
Hello from Canada @the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Treaty 1 territory and the birthplace of the Metis.
I also wonder about acknowledging the land when the traditional territory is contested or was inhabited by nomadic tribes - in Montreal you can say it is Mohawk territory, but in Lac-Brome it was Abenaki communities who moved around more. I wonder if that challenge is part of what gives people pause as well
Dix Park in Raleigh NC hopes to alleviate the invisibility suffered by indigenous people for far too long. They want us to know that they are still here!
It is still not common here in Florida, but we are working to thoughtfully incorporate them into our practice.
These slides are so helpful to frame the “why” of land acknowledgments - will they be shared afterwards?
Rachel, that's a question I struggle with, because Indiana had so many tribes pushed through us--for instance, I forget to mention the Shawnee when I did my land acknowledgement just now. Oops!
I want to include it in gallery information for a gallery that represents the artists of the area. even though our collection doesn't go back that far I think it should be acknowledged to start. I want docents to be able to acknowledge where we are.
Meg W/NEMA (she)
I live in an area where there are a lot of Indigenous names attached to landmarks, roads, etc. and so I do land acknowledgements when and where I can to help people think about where they are, and why, and how steeped our daily life is in the ongoing culture and impact of the Indigenous people who lived here first.
Also thinking about land acknowledgements that are not institutional, but personal (ie on zoom)? Raising awareness is important in both instances.
Kristin Gallas, that is a thoughtful consideration, how did we benefit as a focus of acknowledging a full history.
but it sometimes feels performative! especially given your question about what impact do I want.
Hello from North Dakota. I acknowledge that the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum here on the North Dakota Capitol complex sits on a small part of Mandan ancestral homeland where they lived and traveled since time immemorial.Here the Mandan flourished—raising corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers to nourish their families and to trade garden produce with other tribes up and down the Missouri River.Part of the Mandan existence is utilization of wild and cultivated plants and animals for sustenance, as well as medicine, to sustain themselves physically and mentally.They continue to be good neighbors—sharing their heritage and friendship today.
This visual is just great. What a great way to help viewers re-examine all similar visuals they encounter elsewhere.
The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau has some great processes of repatriation in the Canada Hall - things that were once on display that are no longer, and signs up explaining why or why they were repatriated. I liked the transparency
The Tomaquag Museum shop has more than 25 Indigenous artists featured:. https://www.tomaquagmuseum.org/giftshop
well said Linda!
will slides be shared after the meeting ends?
Do you have advice for an organization which is largely virtual? Or spans a country?
Could you explain the focus of the annual treaty ceremony given that so many of the treaties weren't honored?
Could we go back to earlier slides while the discussion is going on? They had good information to absorb.
how do you acknowledge all the people of an area and not just the main "everyone knows..."? I live in East Tennessee but I know there were more tribes/nations than just Cherokee. How far back should you go?
Do you have any suggestions for how to respond to concerns or questions that museum staff and board may have around if the land acknowledgment could be used as a legal claim on the land?
How do we approach having public properties acknowledged?
Reiterating Robin's question above:
What about programs or groups that are virtual - advice?
Is there a federal statement of Land Acknowledgement?
I have a related issue to the gift shop consideration -- my institution's annual fundraising gala theme this year is "the Wild West" and I'm concerned (along with several colleagues) how this is going to affect our institution's efforts to decolonize the museum. Our curator and I are working on an artifact cart that presents a more nuanced view of history than that antiquated term suggests, but we obviously need to work to raise visibility and gain buy-in from staff and would appreciate any suggestions to help us all look through this lens in a more comprehensive way
@Claudia I have attended some virtual events where the leader acknowledges the land where they are, and have invited people to add their own places in the comments
Proud of my original museum place of curatorial employment, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. which has done much pathbreaking work with its Native collections, with NAGPRA repatriations, and a groundbreaking exhibition approach, “Gifts of the Spirit”: https://shop.pem.org/products/gifts-of-the-spirit-works-by-nineteenth-century-contemporary-native-american-artists
Thanks - I’m also researching this with our local native colleagues too
@Rachel thanks, that is helpful to know
Could Sites of Conscience facilitate members working on land acknowledgements ie workshops where we work
Can we see the resource slide again, please?
Second that idea! A workshop would be very helpful
@Kristin - everyone in the institution has to be on the same page about what "wild west" means - what is acceptable and what isn't - and how that's portrayed to visitors.
Thank you for that validation. That's exactly it, and I was frankly shocked when I heard the theme. We are in Dubuque, IA
What is the sentiment of Indigenous nations --official tribal positions - about Land Acknowledgements? How are these acknowledgements resonating with them... too little to late, empty gestures, long overdue ???
Claire Du Laney
a workshop would be wonderful
Michelle, you might also point to what it looks like when there is legal action, specifically the Supreme Court decision on about half of Oklahoma being indigenous land. Not so much about a cultural organizations land acknowledgement.
That's exactly my fear -- guests generally arrive in costume. Thank you. Those are great suggestions
Thank you so much for starting this conversation
Thanks for offering this quick webinar - great tips and resources!
Thank you so much for this and for sharing these resources.
Thank you very much, Linda!
Thank you all. Deeply appreciate all the info and sharing
Thank you for this informative webinar!
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Thanks, everyone - really appreciate the sharing
And just a reminder to members, colonialism is a global experience. As you interact with members around the globe, good questions to ask them.
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Thank you Linda!
appreciate this webinar, and the short format. thanks so much1
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