Sunday, May 19, 2024

Coastal Lecture: History and Culture of the Massac...

Thomas Spirit Tree Green

About Coastal Lecture: History and Culture of the Massachusett Tribe

Join us for a lecture highlighting the history of indigenous people in Massachusetts through the 1600’s with Thomas (Spirit Tree) Green, indigenous educator and descendent of the Neponset Band of Massachusett tribe. Thomas will share information on the hierarchy of bloodlines of S’achemship prior to English colonization, and the pivotal roles that indigenous Massachusett leaders played in the early twilight of what was to become America. Thomas will also share his work with fish weirs, which have been constructed by the indigenous people since time immemorial. Join us to learn about how the recent archaeological discovery of an indigenous fish weir at Crane Beach fits into our cultural heritage here on the coast of Massachusetts.

Today, members of the Massachusett Tribe continue the tradition of building fish weirs to honor the efforts their ancestors made to survive. This tradition is shared with the communities in which the Massachusett ancestors built these fish weirs, to remind those communities of the history and current presence of the first peoples who originally inhabited those places.

About the Speaker: Thomas (Spirit Tree) Green is a descendent of the Neponset band of Massachusett who gathered at the praying town of Ponkapoag. He is a Tribal Council Member and Chairman of the tribes History Preservation Committee. Leading acts of cultural reclamation, such as traditional indigenous fish weir construction, construction of wetu (traditional indigenous summer home) and dugout Mishoon (canoe). Indigenous artists focused on quahog shell, seed bead jewelry and traditional indigenous regalia. Indigenous Culture Steward/Educator/Consultant and Cultural interpreter. Specializing in the indigenous history of Massachusetts and indigenous land acknowledgments.

The lecture takes place at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. You will be emailed specific arrival and parking instructions the day before the event. Please arrive between 1-1:30 for snacks and socializing, with the lecture to follow from 1:30-2:30pm.

Program Refunds/Cancellations: In the event that a program is cancelled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund within 14 days of the cancellation. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact the Trustees property 7 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund or to be rebooked into a future available event. Refunds will not be granted for registration cancellations placed fewer than 7 days before the start of the program for any reason. There are no refunds for missed events or late arrivals. The Trustees reserves the right to change program locations, schedules, or instructors when necessary. Note: Summer Camps and our inns and campgrounds each have separate cancellation policies.

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