Indigenizing the Curriculum – Decolonizing the Land, the Text and the Classroom at Roger Williams University

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.


(Above) In the final hour, Dr. Brian Hendrickson introduces Providence Cultural Equity Initiative Executive Director Raymond Two Hawks Watson who describes several initiatives through which Indigenous cultures in the Providence Area can be recognized and celebrated. Click here for the one-hour video of Decolonizing the Classroom.