Indigenous Roots Forever Track

NOFA Summer Conference Coordinator, Jason Valcourt, talks with NOFA/Mass Education Director, Ulum Pixan Ahtoh'il, about some upcoming workshops at the 2021 NOFA Summer Conference that they're excited about. Indigenous Roots Forever workshop track (Full track will also be translated into Spanish live at the conference.)

These workshops and more will be translated into Spanish during the conference. For more information on the complete list of translated workshops please click here.

NOFA Conference Track: Indigenous Roots Forever

Join the leaders of the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust (MA-RI), Global Village Farms/Global Village at Tuck Away Farms (MA), World Farmers/Flat Mentors Farm, and Somali Bantu Community Association (ME) and community organizations throughout the region, as they share experiences and information regarding indigenous land stewardship.

We provide public education with an American Indian consciousness reflecting historical perspectives, cultural vs/and agricultural practices, and spiritual values. We strive to exemplify the American Indian/indigenous peoples’ respect for Mother Earth and all living beings; to be mindful of our role as caretakers for future generations and to honor our connection to the Earth and Sky and to the Creator.

Saturday July 31, 2 - 3:30pm

Stories of Sovereignty

In this session, we will introduce you to the Eastern Woodlands peoples’ historical timeline from before colonization to the present day. We will travel through history to visit the past, present and future through the lens of the indigenous communities of the Northeast. Join us for a story-telling session that explains the significance of this history for understanding contemporary indigenous and tribal identity in greater New England.

Chief Sequan Pijaki/George Spring Buffalo, Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe Pokanoket Nation, and Chief Executive of the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust

Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe Pokanoket Nation Reservation at Mishanegitatonett Niswasocket,

Irving Rocky Johnson traditionally known as Charging Bull, Chief of the Ninigret Nehantick Nahaganset, Currently on the steering committee for Pettaquamscutt community gardens in Rhode Island

Sunday August 1, 2 - 3:30pm

Cultural and Spiritual Connections to Conservation

What is the spiritual connection to MotherEarth and what is our spiritual vision for conservation? The conversation begins around the desconations of our souls, our bodies and Pachammama-Ina-MotherEarth-Akna and will help you understand the North American indigenous peoples’ (Central America; South America; Pan-African) approach to modern day conservation efforts.

Ulum Pixan Athoh’il Sukh’il (a.k.a. Dania Flores) is a Clan Mother and Indigenous mixed woman (Maya, Xinca, Garífuna, Russian Jew and Ladino) born in Guatemala.

Dr. Gloria Ramirez Cortez, Mayan Elder and Holistic Tribal Doctor

Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt, Spirit of the Moon, Artist, Business Owner, Ceremony Practitioner, Teacher and Community pipe carrier

Rosa Blumenfeld, Creator at Reclaiming Indigeneity, a storyteller and water ceremony carrier and a mentor

Monday August 2, 7 - 8:30pm

Skills Sharing (An Indigenous Approach to Garden Planting)

Connecting ourselves to ancestry and culture resources on where to find native plants and how to plant a garden. Some questions to be addressed: What plants are we planting to eat, to use as fiber and art, and what are we planting with the intention to give back with support for pollinators and birds? We will also touch upon practices in community building, seed savings, and root remembering.

Ulum Pixan Athoh’il Sukh’il (a.k.a. Dania Flores) is a Clan Mother and Indigenous mixed woman (Maya, Xinca, Garífuna, Russian Jew and Ladino) born in Guatemala.

Dania Julissa Ortiz Flores, 2nd Generation immigrant, farm worker, flower enthusiast and animal lover

Yania Peralta, An immigrant from DR (Dominican Republic), organizer, healer and nature lover

Chief Irving Rocky Johnson, traditionally known as Charging Bull, Chief of the Ninigret Nehantick Nahaganset, Currently on the steering committee for Pettaquamscutt community gardens in Rhode Island.

Tuesday August 3, 7 - 8:30pm

Building Capacity through Organizing and Partnerships

Join us for a conversation about building regional partnerships. We will discuss where to find information from USDA-NRCS and illuminate the deadlines and resources available for program support for indigenous education and conservation efforts.

Chief Sequan Pijaki/George Spring Buffalo, Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe Pokanoket Nation, and Chief Executive of the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust

Ulum Pixan Athoh’il Sukh’il (a.k.a. Dania Flores) is a Clan Mother and Indigenous mixed woman (Maya, Xinca, Garífuna, Russian Jew and Ladino) born in Guatemala.

Matt Feinstein, Co-op Clinic Program Manager with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He is based in Grafton, MA and is a worker owner of Future Focus Media Co-op and Co-Founder of Global Village Farms, a center for land-based education, farming and co-op development

Jesse Gill, is responsible for program management and development at World Farmers, working closely with the farmers at Flats Mentor Farm to develop and refine all programs and services to ensure that each Flats Mentor farmer is fully supported in their farming goals and efforts. Prior to joining World Farmers, Jessy worked in community outreach, and led federal, state, and local policy efforts at the Community Food and Justice Coalition in Oakland, CA

Thursday August 5, 7 - 8:30pm

Seeds of Transformation

A conversation about the future of farming, food justice, conservation, and sovereignty with youth volunteers of Global Village, Our Core and Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust.

Christine Hutchinson, director of Our CORE Inc., board member of the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, board member of Global Village Farms, and steering committee member of Black Farmers United-NYS, is a veteran teacher in Newburgh, NY. 

Euleidys Rodriguez, Intern at Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust

Flora Olivia Waianuheahikikakahiaka Boylen Damon, Intern at Global Village farms and Tower Hill a RISD student

Dania Julissa Ortiz, Worker Owner at Global Village at Tuck Away Farm

Xiomara Paulino, Board Member Global Village Farms