Indigenous People Day – Starks, 2017

In March 2017, the town of Starks voted to replace columbus¬† day with Indigenous People’s Day. They set about organizing their inaugural celebration and invited Gedakina to collaborate by hosting visitors to our planting field at Jay Robinson’s Sweet Land Farm on the Sandy River in Starks, followed by sharing a community potluck dinner and presentation by Dr. Ashley Smith on the history of Norridgewock and the ancient Abenaki planting fields. Ashley is a descendant of Norridgewock Abenaki. After her wonderful presentation a roundtable discussion followed. We were amazed by the numbers of people who came out to our planting field on a cold and drizzly October day and listened as Karyn Marden and Ann Pollard-Ranco (both descendants of the Norridgewock massacre survivors) shared our work and explained how traditional indigenous Three Sisters mound gardening has been a sustainable form of agriculture practiced on that land for thousands of years–interrupted only by colonization and appropriation of this beloved land for mono culture farming after the Norridgewock massacre. Many folks hope to come back during the growing season in 2018 to learn more about the prolific wild permaculture on the farm as well as indigenous Three Sisters agriculture.