Photo left to right: Dr. James Makokis, Leslie Jonas, Ramona Peters, Anthony Johnson, Robyn Peters
"Craig Simpson is the kind of guy I had hoped exists in this crazy world", says NLC Founder, Ramona Peters. "He gave land back to Native people with loving commitment of friendship. The bolo tie has the turtle motif in the center representing Turtle Island/this continent. It is circled in braided SweetGrass that creates purity and sanctity. We will treat his land gift like sweetgrass by preserving its sanctity in perpetuity. His gift to us has more meaning than we can express. Thank You Craig."
Ramona Peters, right, NLC Founder, presents a piece of her pottery to Norman W. Hayes of Sandwich and his wife, Marie Champagney-Hayes, in recognition of the land donated to the NLC.
Photo courtesy of the Barnstable Patriot
Native Land Conservancy was founded in 2012 in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and is the first Native-run land conservation group east of the Mississippi. After centuries of hardship and economic struggle, it is only now that we can finally attend to the important work of protecting sacred spaces, habitat areas for our winged and four legged neighbors and other essential ecosystem resources to benefit Mother Earth and all human beings. All land is sacred in our eyes and worthy of special care; thus our reasons and interest in rescuing and preserving ancient ancestral village sites where our ancestors once lived and worked. In recognition of shared values, we enjoy our partnership with other local and regional land conservancies. The NLC offers presentations of our native culture and history of the lands we are preserving during co-walking adventures open to the public.
The environmental exhibition "RADAR" juried by, Tameka Eastman-Coburn and David Thomson was a collection of 24 pieces — painting, mixed media and sculpture — by members of the National Association of Women Artists. The work is each woman's reaction to and interpretation of climate change. A portion of sales from the exhibit will benefit the Native Land Conservancy in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
"All of the pieces were selected for their own unique artist merits but the message of the showcase and the audience was constantly in consideration. My aim was to have a showcase where the pieces amplified each other — whether it be by simulating subject juxtapositions, complimentary mediums, etc.," said Tameka Eastman-Coburn, director of Artlery 160. "It was important to me that I created a aesthetically complex showcase that still conveyed the issue of climate change in a way that felt accessible to a range of viewers, allowing the work to communicate for itself."
Jennifer Jean Costello (of the National Association of Women Artists) donated the total proceeds of her painting to the NLC. The show was featured first at The Artery 160 Gallery, Boston MA and ending in May at the Harrison Loball Gallery in Saratoga Springs NY.
Special thanks to Tameka, David, and Jenny! The show was awesome!
NLC board member Sharman Brown, presents the bolo tie to Craig Simpson
NLC Receives Grant Funding
We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Island Foundation for awarding NLC with a grant of $10,000. The grant will be used to support new Cultural Respect Agreements in the coming year.
A Mega Thanks to Mr. Craig Simpson and his Facebook friends, for donating to the NLC through the "Network for Good". We're grateful that you support our mission.