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Raising the mission

Post by dbhguru » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:24 am

NTS,

Yesterday, Monica and I took Elizabeth and Jonathan Perry to the Elders Grove to choose a candidate tree for naming. Then we went to the northern end of MTSF to visit a special red maple.

Elizabeth and Jonathan are members of the Wampanoag Nation. They are the real deal, members of those indigenous people who were the original citizens of the land we now call Massachusetts. Both Elizabeth and Jonathan have important roles in the Wampanoag affairs. Elizabeth was one of the presenters in this past Forest Summit, and she has agreed to play a role in our developing new mission to help DCR with interpretive services. I'll report more on that mission as time goes on, but it has approval from the highest echelons within DCR. We will upgrade the Internet descriptions of our state parks, trail brochures, kiosks, and interpretive programs. Elizabeth and Jonathan will help us improve the quality and accuracy of information provided by DCR about Native Americans in Massachusetts.

One of the specific objectives of our new mission with respect to MTSF is to produce a park map with an overlay of Native names of the land features. In fact, features will be dual-named. One set of names will be the current English ones as shown on existing maps, the so-called official names, e.g. Todd Mountain would be shown. The second set would be Indian names especially adopted to reflect Native American values and ways of describing land features. The current names usually reflect original English property owners. These names convey nothing about the character of the land. If anything, they reflect the values of the European settlers that ignored the true ssence of the land and emphasized who "owned" it.

We visited the Elders Grove where we selected a white pine to receive the name of a Wampanoag elder. That event will require consultation and ceremony at occur at the appropriate time. The pine grows just above the trail and is one of the more conspicuously large trees. Its dimensions are: girth = 11.3 feet, height = 152.5 ft.

After leaving the Elders grove, we went to visit Magic Maple. Monica and I wanted to share this fine red maple with our Wampanoag friends. We knew that they would appreciate it. The first image shows Jonathan and Elizabeth. The second is of Monica and yours truly.
MagicMaple-JAndE.jpg
MagicMaple-BAndM.jpg
Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

Joe

Re: Raising the mission

Post by Joe » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:41 pm

dbhguru wrote:NTS,

One of the specific objectives of our new mission with respect to MTSF is to produce a park map with an overlay of Native names of the land features. In fact, features will be dual-named. One set of names will be the current English ones as shown on existing maps, the so-called official names, e.g. Todd Mountain would be shown. The second set would be Indian names especially adopted to reflect Native American values and ways of describing land features. The current names usually reflect original English property owners. These names convey nothing about the character of the land. If anything, they reflect the values of the European settlers that ignored the true ssence of the land and emphasized who "owned" it.
Bob
wow, great idea! then after awhile, just drop the Yankee names!

Joe

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