Students at the Harvard Gradaute School of Education are using Native American Heritage Month to ask their classmates, "Whose Land Are You On?" Within the lobby of Gutman Library, a student hub, student organization FIERCE (Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education) has put up an interactive display to recognize traditional homelands at Harvard and beyond.
"Participants are asked to recognize that we all occupy Massachusetts territory. Then participants are asked to “decolonize” a Western political map by covering the name of their home state or country with the names of at least one Native nation that originally lived or currently lives today within those constructed borders. FIERCE hopes that by the end of Native American Heritage Month, the colonial map will be decolonized with sticky notes that symbolically reflect the original peoples of the land."
In addition to the map and displaying various flags from federally, state and unrecognized tribes, the area also has posters stating, "Honor Native Treaties" and "Respect Our Sovereignty."
Questions regarding the installation can contact FIERCE student co-chairs,
Morgan Christopher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Em Dickey, email@example.com