Fall 2021 On Belonging Series

November 10th, 2021

N’Sibo: the River to Which I Belong

Rich Holschuh gave a wonderful presentation exploring the understanding that people are the land and the land is the people, including All of Our Relations. He explored principles of relationship, reciprocity, and responsibility.

Rich Holschuh is a resident of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT) and an independent historic and cultural researcher. He has served on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, members of the contemporary Indigenous community in Vermont. Rich is founder and director of the Atowi Project. His work draws upon indigenous history, linguistics, geography, and culture to share beneficial ways of seeing and being in relationship with place.


Watch the recording of Rich’s presentation here. 


December 8th, 2021

Navigating White Supremacy Culture in the Outdoors and Institutions

Mardi Fuller gave an eye-opening presentation on how white supremacy culture normalizes its own experiences, histories, and narratives, including environmental ideology. Mardi spoke about her perspective as a Black outdoorswoman and gave examples of the barriers marginalized people face in accessing the outdoors.

Mardi Fuller is a hiker, backpacker, paddler and general outdoor enthusiast.  In 2008 she completed hiking New Hampshire’s 48 mountains that are 4000 feet or higher, and this January she finally completed hiking each of these peaks in winter.  She lives in Boston where she works as a nonprofit communications director. Mardi is committed to personal and corporate Black liberation and believes deeply in nature’s healing power.  Mardi’s writing and accomplishments have appeared in Outside magazine, the BBC, Melanin Basecamp, and NRDC.org.]


Watch the recording of Mardi’s presentation here. 


The speaker series is hosted by Farrington Nature Linc, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Mass Audubon, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, The Food Project, and The Walden Woods Project. Fall sponsorship by The Sudbury Foundation and Mass Audubon. 

Learn more about the On Belonging Speaker series at https://www.onbelongingoutdoors.org/