The On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces is a free speaker series featuring speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the outdoors.
How do we decolonize what we have learned about Native American achievements? We add important missing information and change the dominant narrative. This presentation will help connect the dots from understanding the land to understanding Indigenous People. We will move from the past to the present in learning how Indigenous ingenuity impacted language, history, industrialization, and cultures around the world.
Claudia Fox Tree is a professional educator and social justice activist who facilitates courses and workshops on having challenging conversations about diversity, equity, and social justice. In decolonizing equity conversations, she centers Indigenous culture, resistance, and contributions, while dismantling stereotypes and historical inaccuracies in what is now known as North and South America. She asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her. Claudia A. Fox Tree (she, her) has been a middle school special education teacher for over 35 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University and is currently a doctoral student at Lesley University. Since 2000, Claudia has been a board member on the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness. Since 1998, she has been a Massachusetts liaison for the United Confederation of Taino People.
The host organizations for this speaker series are Farrington Nature Linc, deCordova Scuplture Park and Museum, Mass Audubon, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, The Walden Woods Project, and The Food Project. Generous sponsorship of the Winter 2023 series by The Ogden Codman Trust, Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, and the Lincoln Cultural Council.