Tam Lin and Other Journeys

Acknowledgement & Call to Action

Adapted and built from the Land Acknowledgement/GU272 Acknowledgement for the Senior Celebration, created by the Center for Social Justice Land Acknowledgement, with input from the Native American Student Council.

As a program upholding the values of People for Others as we form our Community in Diversity, the Georgetown Theatre Alliance recognizes that the land that Georgetown University currently occupies was and still is the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank and their descendants, the Piscataway Conoy people. We acknowledge that these peoples and many others were forcefully removed and that the consequences of this removal continue to affect these Indigenous communities. We offer our gratitude for the land, and its past, present, and future Indigenous stewards as we gather today.

We also recognize that at Georgetown we benefit from the historical labor of Stolen People on this Land, and wish to acknowledge those enslaved people who ensured the survival of this institution. We want to call to mind the over 300 people, both adults and children, who were sold in 1838, as well as those who remained, and all their descendants. 

The Georgetown Theatre Alliance celebrates the resilience, strength, and enduring presence of Indigenous and African American peoples demonstrated around the world. We celebrate Black, Indigenous, Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Joy and Play, because a more just future requires imagination. 

We invite our audience not only to acknowledge, but to act with intention. In what ways do your habits perpetuate patterns of harm? In what ways can we form new habits to encourage new patterns of aid, respect, growth, and change? In this spirit, we encourage you to peruse the following: 

https://www.piscatawayindians.com/projects

Here, the Piscataway Conoy Nation has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and clearly identifies important projects, donation links, and further suggestions for involvement. 

https://aisdc.org/ 

The American Indian Society of Washington, DC strives to preserve culture through education and art, and emphasizes the social advancement and civic well-being of Native communities. This is a space for resources, for community involvement, and for personal engagement. 

https://native-land.ca/

If you don't currently reside on the land traditionally stewarded by the Nacotchtank and their descendants, the Piscataway Conoy people, please use the above link to learn which people traditionally stewarded the land near you - and take steps to discover similar resources, projects, and opportunities for involvement in your area.