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 Peoples’ Day was held in Founders Park on Monday, October 11, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The public was invited, including school children who have 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 will be able to share their stories of Native American connections. Children’s activities will be hosted at craft tables. A “Water Protector” Story Walk, designed by the American Independence Museum staff, will be open for exploration.