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Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice

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Joe Moakley Park

1005 Columbia Road

Boston, MA 02127

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This unique intertribal event features Massachusetts-based Native American leaders in their communities.

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Through intentional partnerships with Native American members of the Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Mashpee Wampanoag communities, multidisciplinary dance theater artist Marsha Parrilla will facilitate the creation of Harbor Islands: Past, Present, Future. The residency will: shed light on the historic accounts of Harbor Islands as expressed through the voices of the people whose ancestors were part of the islands; illuminate their contemporary history (and the ongoing presence of Native peoples on the islands), and serve as a platform to collectively create a fresh vision for Indigenous people from Boston. This project creates spaces to heal these collective wounds to our land, our minds, and our spirits- and to dream a better future for generations to come.

This unique intertribal event features Massachusetts-based Native American leaders in their communities:

  • A dynamic panel, moderated by Cedric Woods (Lumbee), will focus on Indigenous perspectives on Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in the Harbor Islands. Panelists include: Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett), Faries Sagamore Gray (Massachusett), Robert Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag).
  • Fun, interactive, and educational family activities will include: the creation of a model of the Harbor Islands' transition through time with climate change, led by Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr. (Nipmuc), Miles Bernadett-Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag); a Healing Salve-Making Workshop, led by Nia Holley (Nipmuc); and a songwriting workshop dedicated to Mother Earth's healing- and recognition of her sacredness, led by Jasmine Rochelle Goodspeed (Nipmuc).

This Indigenous-led event will be the first of a series! Save the date for the second one on September 14th, featuring the history of the Harbor Islands, with a focus on Deer Island.

Lead Artist Bio

Afro Taíno choreographer Marsha Parrilla is the founding Artistic Director of Danza Orgánica. After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Languages ​​from the University of Puerto Rico, Marsha moved to New York, where she completed a Master's Degree in Dance Education at New York University. Now a resident of Boston, Parrilla is a recipient of several awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Foundation, among others. Parrilla is also a Luminary artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she has been commissioned to create artistic work - and is a dance ambassador for the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2017, Parrilla received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award from the Boston Foundation. Recently, Parrilla received a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow, and performed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Inside/Out Festival. She is also the producer and founder of the Boston-based acclaimed annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts. In 2018, Marsha was selected for the Boston AIR program (artist in residence), with a focus on environmental justice. Currently, she is developing the program: Daka Yanuna (I am Mother Earth, in Taíno), with a focus on best practices towards decolonization and environmental justice. www.danzaorganica.org

About Harbor Islands: Past, Present, Future

Through intentional partnerships with Native American members of the Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Mashpee Wampanoag communities, multidisciplinary dance theater artist Marsha Parrilla will facilitate the creation of Harbor Islands: Past, Present, Future. The residency will: shed light on the historic accounts of Harbor Islands as expressed through the voices of the people whose ancestors were part of the islands; illuminate their contemporary history (and the ongoing presence of Native peoples on the islands), and serve as a platform to collectively create a fresh vision for Indigenous people from Boston. This project creates spaces to heal these collective wounds to our land, our minds, and our spirits- and to dream a better future for generations to come.

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