This land is a living witness with Nemasket Sachem Lance Young

For European colonists arriving in New England, land was private property – a view irreconcilable with that of Native Americans.  In this profound and far-reaching presentation, Lance Young, chief of the Nemasket tribe, walks us through Native concepts of land as a living, breathing resource for the common good – and the devastating consequences of the clash of two conceptions of the land in this two-hour video by the Partnership of Historic Bostons.

John Morrison, President of the Partnership of Historic Bostons,  introduces Lance Young, chief sachem of the Nemasket Nation, Wolf Clan, and chairman of the Nemakset Tribal Council.  He is a 10th generation great-grandson of the squaw sachem Aime, daughter of the chief sachem Ousemequin Massasoit of the Pokanoket, father of Metacom (King Philip).

Chief Young began by describing the way Indigenous people lived prior to the arrival of European traders and settlers.

He went onto talk about tribal leadership, land possession and the conflicts that arose with the settlers who had a different world view of land and its ownership.

He continues by describing how the English regarded the New England landscape as seen by Captain John Smith.

He continues by describing how the English recorded land transactions through deeds while the Native people kept records using wampum and oral history.