Grateful to the land that held us this weekend at . I feel soul nourished and rejuvenated by my time surrounded by rural queer and trans community here in N'dakinna, the home of the Abenaki people. I was humbled to lead the land acknowledgement for the summit, and to learn more about these stewards of this land and their major victories for state recognition and the creation of new cultural revitalization and traditional ecological knowledge programs.
I'd love to share some of my words from the opening circle when I led a grounding meditation:
"We take this moment to acknowledge that for thousands of years before the arrival of settlers, the Abenaki people lived here in N'dakinna. Lived here, prayed here, slept here, ate here on this land. Hunted here, fished here, planted three sister gardens here on this land. Gathered plant medicines here on this land: sweetgrass, tobacco, sage, cedar, red willow. Fell in and out of love here on this land. Created and imagined different ways of being in their bodies on this land. Watched their children and grandchildren grow up here on this land...we take this moment to ground in the reality that for us to be here today in Brattleboro, VT in beloved queer and trans community, that this was only possible through a history of violent theft, slaughter, erasure and forced sterilization...we ground into the reminder that whenever there is aggression and oppression, there is also resistance and solidarity...As we enter this weekend together, let us remember in our minds, hearts , and bodies the history and realities that move us to unite for collective liberation"