November 10, 2018 –
For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Dix
Beaver Moon Gathering 413-773-9818
Saturday, November 10, 1 – 4 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Falls Discovery Center www.nolumbekaproject.org
2 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA facebook.com/nolumbeka project
Stolen Identities: The Mashpee Wampanoag, Defined Out of Rightful Inheritance
Guest Speaker: Hartman Deetz
Hartman Deetz, of the Mashpee Wampanoag nation, will be guest speaker at the annual Beaver Moon Gathering on Saturday, November 10, 1 – 4 p.m., at the Great Falls Discovery Center,2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. His subject will be “Stolen Identities: The Mashpee Wampanoag, Defined Out of Rightful Inheritance.” Doors open at noon.
Deetz has worked in the field of cultural education and preservation for over 20 years and been active in native politics since 1988. As an activist Deetz began in junior high school and has worked with groups such as the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, 1994 Walk for Justice, Mashpee Coalition for Native Action, The Longest Walk 2 San Francisco to D.C, Idle No More SF bay, NoDAPL, Indigenous People Organizing for Change, the Sunflower Alliance, and No Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Deetz’s activism has been centered around Native American rights, and environmentalism. As a cultural educator Deetz has worked with the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project, Plimoth Plantation Museum, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Museum, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Dept, Mashpee Tribal Historic Presrvation Office, Decolonize Academy, as well as speaking at various colleges, museums, historic societies, panels and conferences. Deetz is also a contributing author to Food First’s 2017 publication "Land Justice- Re imagining Land, Food and the Commons in the United States."
The raffle of items donated by vendors at the August Pocumtuck Homelands Festival will continue and the drawing will take place at the end of the event. Items are pictured at www.nolumbekaproject.org
This event is co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR and the New England Peace Pagoda.
For more background about the current issue facing the Mashpee-Wampanoag please visit https://www.narf.org/mashpee-wampanoag-land/?fbclid=IwAR3d5h46HsLe-TZLEXLAbOMA41UvW-EOZBdv-2hJQopo_lSP-l5gcIZR2UM#.W8zrAt1rdLY.facebook