Indigenous Peoples' Day

Schedule of Events

October 12, 2020

Indigenous Peoples' Day Advertising Photo with Wampanoag Wampum

This year's annual Indigenous Peoples' Day Teach-In will be held virtually over two days, October 12-13, 2020, to enable wider participation and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The teach-in will also include a Land Acknowledgement by the Dean of Arts & Sciences and a workshop on Land Acknowledgments with Brandeis student activists. Additionally, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) will host a virtual information booth.

Please register for each individual event separately using the buttons (REGISTER FOR EVENT) under each session.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; The Intercultural Center; and the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Studies Program. Additional generous financial support is provided by our colleagues from: the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of Art History; the Department of History; and the International and Global Studies Program.

Claudia Fox Tree: The Power of Stereotypes

October 12, 2020

9:30-10 a.m.

Land Acknowledgment with Dorothy Hodgson, Dean of Arts and Sciences.

10-11 a.m.

Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) will speak about, "Indigenous Perspectives on Settler Colonial Monuments, Statues, and Mascots" and the power that these cultural artifacts have in contemporary society and culture.

A land acknowledgment led by Dorothy Hodgson, Dean of Arts & Sciences, will precede Claudia Fox Tree's presentation. Please use the link below to register for both events.

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Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness - Virtual Information Booth

October 12, 2020

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness will be available to answer questions, provide information on Massachusetts' Indigenous Communities, and how communities can help support and preserve indigenous culture.

Eva Blake: Indigenous Language Reclamation

October 12, 2020

12-1 p.m.

Eva Blake (Assonet Wampanoag) will discuss the importance and efforts of Indigenous Language Reclamation.


Deborah Spears Moorehead: The Legacy of Massasoit's People

October 12, 2020

2-3 p.m.

Deborah Spears Moorehead (Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag) will give her talk, "Finding Balance: The Genealogy of Massasoit's People and the Oral and Written History of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation." Deborah is a direct descendant of Massasoit, an accomplished artist, and activist.


Emilie Connolly: Fiduciary Colonialism

October 12, 2020

4-5 p.m.

Professor Emilie Connolly (History Department) will discuss "Fiduciary Colonialism."


Earl Tulley (Navajo): Conversation

October 12, 2020

5-6 p.m.

Earl Tulley (Navajo) is an environmentalist and activist.  His talk will be entitled, "All Our Relations" and he will speak from a Native perspective on current situations we find ourselves in.  See Earl's work in, "Sacred Poison."

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Angela Robinson: “Remembering Our Bones: Memorial Culture Under Settler Colonialism and the Promise of Indigenous Feminisms”

October 13, 2020

9-11:30 a.m.

Angela L. Robinson, Ph.D. (Inaugural Mellon-Pasifika PostDoctoral Fellow, University of Utah), will give her talk, "“Remembering Our Bones: Memorial Culture Under Settler Colonialism and the Promise of Indigenous Feminisms." This talk examines how memorial culture within settler states functions as a colonial affective regime through the use of settler memory and temporality. Upon thinking through the particular ways in which memorial culture draws from settler memory in order to create and maintain a national settler affect in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand, she turns to Māori performance artist Cat Ruka’s 2009 Playing Savage. Utilizing the Māori ontology of corporeal memory, Playing Savage effectively highlights the gendered nature of settler affect, illustrating how Indigenous feminist critiques can at once interrupt the temporality of settler memory and enact expansive notions of Indigenous sovereignty.