Native Americans

In June, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue in Boston's North End

Pushing to End Myth of Columbus, Honor History of Indigenous Peoples

October 9, 2020

Celebrated by Italian immigrants in the United States since 1792, Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 to commemorate the "arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas." The explorer’s reputation has darkened in recent years as scholars have focused more attention on the killings and other atrocities he committed against Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.... Read more about Pushing to End Myth of Columbus, Honor History of Indigenous Peoples

Video: Indigenous Guardianship, Nature, and Peace

Video: Indigenous Guardianship, Nature, and Peace

April 11, 2019

This monthly public series, convened by Dean David N. Hempton of HDS, brings together a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, students, and alumni from across Harvard University and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace. This meeting concerned indigenous guardianship and culture with intersections of nature and peace.... Read more about Video: Indigenous Guardianship, Nature, and Peace

Video: The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change

Video: The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change

April 4, 2019

The ongoing destruction of Earth’s natural systems is the result of decisions, made daily, by billions of people. These decisions are voluntary and involuntary at once, collective and personal. Two indigenous leaders—Nainoa Thompson and Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (Uncle)—have both been identified by their communities as messengers who will guide us through climate challenges as they reflect on their traditions and spiritual practices.... Read more about Video: The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change

Professor David Carrasco touching a stone wall

Exploring Native America

October 19, 2018

PBS’s latest series, Native America, explores the world created by America’s first peoples. The four-part series, which premieres October 23, reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and over 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.... Read more about Exploring Native America