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Panel on Preserving Sudbury’s Sacred Indigenous Landscapes


October 16, 2018

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Let the Landscape Speak: A Talk on the Importance and Meaning of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sudbury Grange Hall, 7pm

The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

As the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts is experiencing firsthand, and as has happened on countless occasions in other places like Standing Rock, new natural gas and electric transmission lines are being proposed and developed without meaningful consultation with the Native American tribes, resulting in the possible desecration of sacred sites of historic, religious, and cultural significance. In response to Eversource’s proposed Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Project, the Town of Sudbury and local nonprofit Protect Sudbury invited regional tribal experts Doug Harris and Bettina Washington (Historic Preservation Officers for the Narragansett and Wampanoag Tribes) to conduct a preliminary walkthrough and assessment of whether Eversource’s proposed clearing might impact sacred ceremonial stone landscapes.

On October 23, 2018 at Grange Hall in Sudbury, MA from 7 to 9 pm, the Town of Sudbury, in conjunction with its sponsors Protect Sudbury and The Sudbury Historical Society, will host a panel of experts led by Bettina Washington to educate the Sudbury community on the presence and meaning of sacred ceremonial landscapes in our community, the important place in history that the Town of Sudbury holds for the Indigenous peoples of the Northeast region, and to share insights from the preliminary walkthrough along the proposed Eversource project path as well as research that has been conducted on known Indigenous ceremonial sites in Sudbury. It is our sincere hope that the Sudbury Community will join us for an evening of educational enlightenment and a renewed resolve to protect and preserve these sacred landscapes and our treasured cultural heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

  • Bettina Washington, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and Chairwoman of the Culture and Heritage Committee of the United South and Eastern Tribes
  • Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office specializing in the preservation of ceremonial landscapes
  • Lee Swanson, long-time Sudbury resident and historian
  • Cathy Taylor, Research Specialist and Caretaker for Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

This event will be recorded by SudburyTV and will be available on-demand.

Click below to view the event flyer:

Event Details

Event Start: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (7:00 pm)
Event End: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (9:00 pm) (Expected)
Location: Sudbury Grange Hall - Meeting Room
Department: Town Manager
Notes: Let the Landscape Speak: A Talk on the Importance and Meaning of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape, Tuesday, October. 23, 2018 at Sudbury Grange Hall, 7pm
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