Land Acknowledgement

Tribal territories of Southern New England

Tribal territories of Southern New England tribes about 1600. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Documentary Educational Resources acknowledges the ancestral and sacred land of the Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett) and their neighbors the Wampanoag, and Nipmuc Peoples, who have stewarded this land for hundreds of generations. We realize this acknowledgement cannot undo the colonial history and the displacement of the Indigenous people of this land.

As our film catalog consists of a vast number of films documenting Indigenous cultures outside of the area which our company occupies, we also honor and acknowledge the effects of colonialism on these peoples. In this admission, we do commit ourselves to instituting a continual reparative process of our catalogs in order that all of these films become more accessible to those whose lives have been documented. Within this process, we will engage with people in artistic and cultural milieus centered around Indigenous thought.

By building alliances so that our Land Acknowledgement exists as a living document representative of the relationships we continue to nurture and grow, our relationship with our films will continue to grow as well.