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Intergenerational Trauma in Indigenous Communities and Movements for Indigenous Cultural Survival

March 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST


Trainers: Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., Learning Director for Upstander Project and Education Fellow at the Dodd Research Center at UConn; and Anthony Melting Tallow, (Blackfoot Nation of Siksika, Alberta, Canada), visual artist, public speaker, and indigenous social justice advocate; and Luz Orozco Ortiz, co‐chair of the Smith Indigenous Students and Allies Association.

Continuing the conversation begun with the screening of Dawnland on March 3, this class will provide an intimate space in which to deepen your understanding of the removal of native children from their families, and of native people from their land. We will explore some of the ongoing impacts of this violence and ways to support movements for indigenous cultural survival. Dinner will be provided, thanks to the support of the Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Dawnland is an Emmy‐award winning documentary, created by the Upstander Project, that tells the story of the forced removal of Native American children from their homes, and the first official U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission formed in response. A screening of the movie on Tuesday, March 3 will be followed by a brief panel discussion. Opportunities to deepen your understanding will continue on Wednesday, March 4 with a conversation about movements for Indigenous Cultural Survival, and on Sunday, March 8 with a workshop for educators and community leaders. Participants may attend any or all of the classes.


March 4, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
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Helen Hills Hills Chapel
123 Elm Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 United States
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The Dawnland screening and related classes are co‐sponsored by the Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Smith Indigenous Students and Allies Association, and the Smith Office for Equity and Inclusion.
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