Tue, Nov 30, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Art Building - Gamble Auditorium

Accessible entrances, east and west entrances, all floors.

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Join us for a memorial and reflection to honor the Indigenous ancestor who has been repatriated through the Stockbridge Munsee to the Hassanamisco Nipmuc tribes. This event will begin with a reflection and memorial and then an important connection to the importance of centering the lives and experiences of tribes who are Indigenous to Western Massachusetts. After the memorial, we will have an evening of storytelling with activist, educator and storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann.

Learn more about Larry Spotted Crow Mann: Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts - Larry Spotted Crow Mann is an author, musician, activist and community engaged leader. A member of the Nipmuc tribe, he also co-directs the Okheteau Cultural Center, which offers classes, workshops and a space for the Indigenous community to connect. The Nipmuc (which means ‘Fresh Water” people) exists as an indigenous community in Central Massachusetts. Their ancestral land once comprised over 1000 square miles from northern Rhode Island, Connecticut, central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. As Larry Spotted Crow Mann reflects on the presence and vitality of the Nipmuch people and other Indigenous tribes of Western Massachusetts, he continues to combat the stereotype that all Native Americans are gone from the area. Telling traditional stories, he educates those around him about the historic and contemporary legacy of the Indigenous people of Western Massachusetts.

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