Oct 11 “Inspired Civilizations, Centuries of Dishonor: A Celebration of Indigenous Americans” The Rev. Ben Bortin
Among the millions who resided in what is now the United States in 1492 were the Hohokam of present day southern Arizona. The Hohokam constructed more than a thousand miles of irrigation canals, many of them lined with clay and leak proof, leading them to cultivate surpluses in what had been desert area. In the northeast, the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy formed a system of clan-village democracy that extended as far south as the Carolinas, a model for the budding United States.
Once the European intrusion took hold, as many of us have come to know, Indigenous peoples were subjected to a trail of broken treaties, forced evacuations, and annihilation. Award-winning historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz dubbed the treatment of Native Americans as “settler-colonization.” Yet more than 500 Indigenous communities and nations persist in this country. An appreciation and celebration of these diverse peoples who grace this land despite systemic and ongoing mistreatment.
The service will conclude with a ceremony, conducted by Winterflower Robinson. Winterflower is Principal Chief of the Northeastern Native American Association, a Ramapough/Lenape, and an ordained clergy person. She is also a Unitarian Universalist.
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TTThe Lewis H. Latimer House Museum received an award of $1000.00 from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens to support the museum’s Tinker Lab program for local children in honor of Lewis H. Latimer, the African American inventor who helped found the congregation in the early 1900’s. (Sherrise Figueroa, Director, Latimer Gardens Community Center/Cornerstone; Al Rankins, President, Lewis H. Latimer Fund, Inc.; Sheryl Lynch, Trustee of the Board, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens; Ran Yan, Executive Director, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.)
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