Thursday, November 10, 2022

Times: 6 – 7 PM

Cost: FREE! Pre-registration is required; see below for details

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Join Cathy Stanton, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Tufts University, and Linda Coombs, member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, historian and museum consultant, as they discuss the use of public space for the purposes of celebration and commemoration. Such events are often strongly connected to the location in which they happen, with town commons being a favorite setting. Have these public spaces historically been open for everyone to utilize? Has this changed today? This program will examine these questions within the context of particular examples of public events in the past and today. By comparing the past and present, we can gain a sense of the evolution of land use by the public and how a landscape itself can become an expression of culture.

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About Guest Panelists

Cathy Stanton teaches anthropology and environmental studies at Tufts University, with a particular focus on food systems. She has written widely about public history, commemoration, and reenactment, including in her award-winning book The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006). She has served as a consultant on many National Park Service studies of park-affiliated groups, including farmers. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she is involved in many local food projects.

Linda Coombs is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard, and has lived in Mashpee for more than 40 years.  Her two grandchildren are enrolled with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, as was their father and grandfather.

She has worked for 45 years as a museum educator, and spent 11 years total at the Boston Children’s Museum, 30 years in the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, and 9 years as the Program Director at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, a small house museum regarding the Aquinnah Wampanoag.   She has been an interpreter, an artisan, a researcher; led workshops and teacher institutes; written children’s stories and articles on various aspects of Wampanoag history and culture; and developed and worked on all aspects of a wide variety of exhibits.

The goal of all of her work continues to be the communication of accurate and appropriate representations about the history, cultures, and people of the Wampanoag and other Indigenous nations.

This webinar was funded by the Bridge Street Sponsorship from Mass Humanities

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