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Metacomet Land Trust to host program on Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Structures

Metacomet Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 19, 2019, with a business meeting and silent auction starting at 1 pm and a program starting at 2 pm. The event will be held at Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant Street in Upton at the school’s Professional Development Center on the 2nd Floor.

Let the Landscape Speak will delve into the characteristics and possible meanings behind the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape that surrounds us in New England. Often hidden in plain sight in our forests and fields, these enigmatic stone structures can be remnants of a network built by Indigenous Americans for ceremonial and other purposes. Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, has been Tribally certified in the identification of ceremonial stone features for 16 years. Harris will present an illustrated talk showing the various types of Indigenous ceremonial stone features found in the region. Ample time will be allowed for questions.

Doug Harris is a veteran of more than 20 years of training and service to the cultural resource mission of the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).  Under the leadership of current Medicine Man Tribal Historic Preservation Officer John Brown and the history, culture and policy training of Narragansett hereditary Elder Medicine Man Lloyd “Running Wolf” Wilcox and Elder Medicine Woman Dr. Ella Sekatau, Harris is adept as a protector of those cultural resources that are of significance to the Narragansett tradition.

Doug and his office work on the protection of Indigenous ceremonial stone landscape in the Northeast with three other federally recognized Tribes: the Wampanoag of Gayhead-Aquinnah; the Mohegan; and the Western Mashantucket Pequot. All these Tribes are part of a larger group called USET (United South and Eastern Tribes) that is comprised of 27 federally-recognized Tribes from Maine to Texas. Doug has been doing this work for over 20 years.

The event is free and open to the public. The silent auction includes a farmhouse vacation in Upper Peninsula, Michigan to a Biodiversity “Backyard Safari” inventory of your property to a session with a Master Gardener along with gourd birdhouses and many more unique items!  Metacomet Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization serving 15 communities in south central Massachusetts dedicated to the protection of the area’s open space and natural resources. For more information e-mail us at [email protected] or visit metacometlandtrust.org.