Protecting & Preserving Hopkinton’s Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape, A workshop led by Doug Harris on May 11th

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This participatory workshop focuses on how to actively protect Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSLs) in recognition of their cultural significance to the land and Tribes of the Northeast. Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, will lead the process. The workshop builds on the 2018 Let the Landscape Speak presentation, which introduced many townspeople to CSLs and how to identify them. The 2019 program will address how to protect and preserve identified sites with formal agreements.

The goal of this workshop is to begin the process of creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Historic Commission and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. In 2015 these four tribes made a multiple property listing submission to the National Register of Historic Places defining what Ceremonial Stone Landscapes are. An MOU will activate a collaborative stewardship relationship for the identification and protection of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape, leading to greater knowledge of your town’s Indigenous culture and ways to protect sites of significance.

The workshop is free, ADA accessible, and open to children 12yrs+ and adults. This program is sponsored by the Hopkinton Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Hopkinton Public Library, May 11, 2019 1pm to 3 pm