October 24, 2020 – October 25, 2020 all-day

The Indigenous History Conference, Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight? features over 50 speakers. This gathering seeks to explore a wide range of topics such as traditional life, colonization, historical trauma, family research, rights, language, food sovereignty, indigenous art, literature, education and other related topics.

Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight, a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History Conference to inspire educators to learn about creation histories and traditional life; colonization and its aftermath; and the continued resilience and life of New England Natives today.

The virtual event, sponsored by Bridgewater State University, Plymouth 400 and the Wampanoag Advisory Council, is free of charge and offers nine weekend sessions during the months of October and November that will feature well-known experts and testimonials.

Session I: October 3, 2020 10:00am-2:00pm (EDT)
Keynote: Here It Began: Introduction to the 2020 Indigenous History Conference, Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag)
Panel I: Creation Histories Panel II: Traditional Life

Session II: October 4, 2020 10:00am-2:00pm (EDT)
Keynote: Doctrine of Discovery, Mark Charles (Navajo)
Panel I: Colonization in American History: Crumbling Mythological Foundations, Revealing Truths
Panel II: Colonization in American History: The “Gift” That Keeps on Taking

Session III: October 18, 2020 1:00pm-3:45pm (EDT)
Workshop I: Reclaiming and Reviving Deep Indigenous Histories on Turtle Island
Workshop II: Historical Trauma: The Wounds that Won’t Heal

Session IV: October 25, 2020 10:00am-1:00pm (EDT)
Panel I: Wampum Research and Relations Panel II: Reconnections: Bringing Family Home

Session V: November 1, 2020 10:00am-1:30pm (EDT)
Panel I: Challenging Colonial Institutions: Decolonizing Methodologies
Panel II: Standing Our Ground: Resistance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Session VI: November 8, 2020 10:00am-1:30pm (EDT)
Panel I: Finding Home: Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project
Panel II: Feeding Our Spirit: Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Session VII: November 15, 2020 10:00am-1:30pm (EDT)
Panel I: From the Ancestors’ Hands: Artists’ Roundtable
Panel II: Telling Our Own Stories: Museum Roundtable

Session VIII: November 21, 2020 10:00am-1:30pm (EDT)
Panel I: Writing Ourselves into Existence: Roundtable: New England Native Authors and Literature
Panel II: Roundtable: From Traditional Knowledge to Colonial Oversight to Indigenizing the Institution

Session IX: November 22, 2020  10:00am-12:30pm (EDT)
Plenary I: Justice for the Land  Plenary II: Sacred Instructions

All sessions are presented free of charge, but you must register in advance.