Dec. 3, Protecting Indigenous Sacred Stone Landscapes

Doug Harris, Narragansett Indian Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer is joined by Attorney Anne Marie Garti in an illustrated talk on Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscapes with question and answer period.

turtle-effigy-newer-clearer.pngThe forests of New England are dotted with Ceremonial Stone Landscapes, living prayers of stone created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. The traditional belief is that these stone structures were placed to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers they embody continue to live as long as the stone landscapes are kept intact.

Some of these Ceremonial Stone Landscapes are now being destroyed for gas pipeline projects, including one-third of the 73 stone features identified in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, MA. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is supposed to ensure that these features are studied before it issues a license, but FERC regularly fails to do what it is supposed to do.

Doug Harris publicity photo

Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for NITHPO, will provide an illustrated overview of Ceremonial Stone Landscapes and their importance.

FERC must be held accountable, but litigation is a long and costly endeavor. The Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO) is asking for public support to bring a case against FERC to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. While harm has already been done in Otis State Forest, desecration of other sites can be avoided by making FERC comply with the law.

“This is an opportunity to support the Indigenous peoples of our region so they can challenge FERC’s behavior in the courts.” said Susan Theberge of the community coalition supporting NITHPO’s efforts. “If successful, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes will be preserved, not destroyed, a result that would have national implications.”

December 3, 2017

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Sliding scale tickets: $5-$50 at the door
(sponsored by Climate Action Now)

A benefit presentation sponsored to raise funds for the protection of Indigenous sacred Ceremonial Stone Landscapes.

For more information or to make online contributions, go to If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to “Creative Thought and Action”, write CSL in the memo line, and mail it to Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Rd., Amherst, MA 01002.

For more info or assistance with donation, contact Susan Theberge, 413-575-7345

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