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Step 1: Learn who is native to your local land:
Step 2: Learn more about these People(s):
As an adult, also make time to find out what happened to them and their relationship with the land, as so often forced relocation and harsh treatment displaced and diminished thriving communities and whole peoples.
Step 3: Focus on the present with kids.
You can also share with kids what you learn about the strengths, talents and unique ways of living of the people native to your area. Start by connecting to the festivals, celebrations and happenings within Native communities today by visiting sites like indiancountrytoday.com, a news site with current events from across various Native communities.
In many places, the names of important places or natural features like rivers, mountains or even whole regions come from native languages that were spoken in the region, and the meaning behind these names can help us learn more about the land, too. For example, we live in a valley cut by the Connecticut River—a name that we discovered comes from an Algonquian word meaning “land on the long tidal river.”
Step 4: Acknowledge.
Not sure where to start? You may say something like the following:
“Since today is a special moment, I'd love to take time to express our thanks for the land on which we live and play.
Watch our Tinkergarten Teammate, Erika McLemore introduce land acknowledgement in this recent IG reel.
Step 5: Learn More!
Read more about land history acknolwedgement on the Museum of the American Indian site.
Tinkergarten teammates, Erika McLemore and Cholena Smith-Boyd collaborated with us to select these beautiful picture books to inspire learning. Erika is both Muscogee Creek and a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Cholena is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, NY and the former Education Program Manager of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum.
Learn more in our blog article, How to Make Native American History Part of Your Outdoor Adventures, full of great insight by our teammate, Erika McLemore.
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