Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag/Pequot/Narragansett, is in conversation with Julia Alexander, an educator at The Pike School. In the recording, Annawon's background is moving around because he's traveling in a vehicle while he's talking. Annawon discusses and shares Native American history in New England, cultural identity, contemporary lifeways and cultural appropriation, among many other topics. Born & raised on the Narragansett Tribal reservation in Charlestown, Rhode Island, Annawon eventually made his home in his mother’s Wampanoag community in Mashpee, MA. Currently self-employed, he dedicates much of his time to visiting colleges, museums, libraries, corporations and more, as he continues his efforts to correct misinformation and misrepresentation of indigenous people. This program is suitable for both adults and students in Grades 6 and up. A list of some of the resources mentioned during Annawon's talk can be found here.
This program is a collaboration of Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library, Chelmsford Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.