About the Lecture:
Archaeologists have denied the early histories of Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island for over a century. The commonly held archaeological theory frames the First People as recent immigrants to the Americas, having arrived only about 12,000 years ago. Yet, in many oral traditions, Indigenous people say that they have been here since time immemorial.
Links to ancestors, homelands, identities, and history are essential to all people, to their health, healing, and well-being. For people who have survived attempted genocide, erasure of their histories, denial of their ancestral links to the land, and forced assimilation, it is vital to their health and well-being to reclaim their histories and connections to the land. Reclaiming history is a path of revivance and healing, a detour off a colonial road to extinction, a journey from a painful past to a future of growth and renewal. Knowing and discussing links to homelands across time and space, family, identity, and culture are fundamental human rights. Based on evidence from over 22 years of research and an extensive database of archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere dating before 12,000 years-ago, this discussion will weave paths to reviving, reclaiming, healing, and reconciliation.
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