We acknowledge the long environmental and cultural history of the land that Pinewoods Camp sits on today.
We honor and thank the Wampanoag Nation, whose traditional and unceded lands we gather on at camp. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land across millennia.
We extend our gratitude to the waters of Long Pond, Round Pond, and the land and trees that sit between them. We are fortunate to share in the beauty of this place and we take responsibility for sharing the traditions of stewardship for generations to come.
We honor and thank our neighbors, the sovereign Wampanoag communities of Herring Pond, Mashpee, and Aquinnah. We celebrate their deep and ongoing relationship with this land and recognize their resilience in the face of violence and persistent discrimination.
We are committed to building authentic relationships with our Indigenous partners and neighbors and growing to become good allies through the actions we take as an organization. Our work is ongoing. These are our guiding principles:
- Educating ourselves and our community about our Indigenous neighbors, past and present
- Examples might include: working with Indigenous historians and culture bearers, exhibits/signage, sharing news/podcast/website resources
- Uplifting Indigenous Voices
- Examples might include: sharing our platforms as we did with the lecture series, guest articles, artist in residence, etc.
- Making space for Indigenous people to come to camp
- Examples might include: supporting new programing by and for Indigenous communities
- Developing stewardship of the land in relationships with our Indigenous neighbors
- Examples might include: identifying seasonal opportunities to invite Indigenous partners to access land for sustainable harvesting and/or seeking expertise in forest/water management that includes Indigenous perspectives