Roger Williams University held a three-hour on-line seminar on August 13, 2020 for over thirty faculty to help them incorporate decolonized perspectives on the Indigenous populations on whose land the University sits. Click here for a one-hour video of the first of three hour-long sessions and below for the other two.
(Above) The first hour begins at 4:29:20 in the video with a reading of a draft Land Acknowledgement statement proposed for the University (Click for a larger version). At 6:30:00, Dr. Campbell then outlines the goals and structure of the three hour seminar.
(Above) Dr. Campbell then explains Tuck and Yang’s statement that “Decolonization is not a metaphor” at 12:45:21 to set the stage for the discussions that followes.
(Above) Pokanoket Nation Sagamore Winds of Thunder and Sachem Dancing Star introduce the Tribe at 16:08:02, describe the Massasoit Ousamequin at 19:26:08; talk about the King Philip War at 24:24:15; describe the capture of King Philip and sale of the warriors into slavery at 25:36:00; talk about the displacement of the remaining Pokanokets to the Shetucket, Connecticut Reservation at 28:30:07; talk about growing up and seeking Aboriginal Rights under the U.N. at 31:48:28; describe the Pokanoket territory at 35:13:25; tell the story of the recent emergence of the Tribe at 38:44:15; and describe the significance of Potumtuk at 46:40:22 before responding during the Q & A session.
(Above) In the second hour, Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer introduces Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum who talks about the Indigenous version of Roger Williams’s Key into the Language of America that she co-authored. Click here for the one-hour video of Decolonizing the Text.