#HonorNativeLand – A guide to respectfully acknowledge ancestral lands

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is proud to be involved in the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s (USDAC) Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment, released today and free to download from the USDAC website.

We encourage Native peoples and non-Native allies to share and commit to the practice of #Honortheland.

From the USADAC guide:

“IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND AMONG TRIBAL NATIONS IN THE U.S., it is commonplace, even policy, to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of that land. While some individuals and cultural and educational institutions in the United States have adopted this custom, the vast majority have not. Together, we can spark a movement to change that.

We call on all individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action.”

To download the guide, print, download and customize #Honortheland art, and more, visit https://usdac.us/nativeland

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