The park system the Conservancy stewards sits within the ancestral and unceded territory of the Massachusett people. For millennia before and in the centuries since Frederick Law Olmsted designed this park system for a rapidly industrializing city, these lands and waters have served as a site of exchange for communities including the Massachusett, Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples.
Why does this acknowledgement matter?
Foremost, we seek to honor our Massachusett, Wampanoag and Nipmuc neighbors. Their legacies can help to re-center our understanding of what “stewardship of shared spaces” can mean. Knowing and respecting this history can guide our future park land and water use as it relates to our collective health, connection to each other and the broader ecosystem.
To share in this learning:
Here is a story of a decades long project that celebrates Indigenous use of what was once the Back Bay, now home to many parts of the Emerald Necklace Park System.
Here is a story of a new collaboration with the Herring Pond Wampanoag community to connect Plymouth’s next generation to their cultural history.
We welcome you to share your own stories to expand and deepen this ongoing dialog. Share a story at olmstednow.org/stories/
This page will be updated with further resources. (November 2021)