The Racial Unity Team recognizes N’Dakinna (n-DA-ki-na), which is the unceded traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki (a-BEN-a-ki), Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land, waterways, living beings and the Aln8bak (Al-nuh-bak), the people who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.
Exeter’s second annual Indigenous People's Day was held in Founders Park on Monday, October 11, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The public was invited, including school children who had a holiday on this day.
The Racial Unity Team, in collaboration with the Exeter Historical Society, American Independence Museum, and Exeter Public Library, sponsored this event. The site of the event, on the banks of the Exeter River, features a local sculpture which depicts Founders of Exeter, including a Native American chief. The program included a land acknowledgment, a testament to the Indigenous People who populated this area prior to colonial settlement. Guests shared their stories of Native American connections. Children’s activities were hosted at craft tables under a tent. A “Water Protector” Story Walk, designed by the American Independence Museum staff, was open for exploration.