North Brooklyn Celebrates Nature, Community and Indigenous Culture


Earlier this month the American Indian Community House, along with our partner, Friends of Transmitter Park, recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Bushwick Inlet Park. The event, titled “Seeds of the Future”, honored both the Native American communities that lived here before early colonization and those that live here today, perfectly aligning with the AICH’s mission: “…to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian Community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect.”

Seeds of the Future brought together over 40 North Brooklynites from various cultures and communities. Participants explored the application of indigenous values, culture and ethics through environmental teachings. Presenters shared knowledge of how to coexist with nature through dialogue, storytelling, art, dance and song. In addition, participants and presenters unified to begin a tree planting covenant; that same Virginia Pine tree will be planted in Transmitter Park’s Kent Street meadow this Sunday, completing the covenant. Friends of Transmitter Park, AICH, Greenpoint Tree Corps and Greening Greenpoint welcome all to pay homage to nature together as a community.

The American Indian Community House, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, hosts a variety of events that support North Brooklyn’s Native Communities. In addition to the above mentioned, additional partners of this event include: Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Newtown Creek Alliance and North Brooklyn Parks Alliance. A special thank you is extended to Katie Naplatarski, Steve Chesler and Francoise Olivas for their diligent and creative leadership. We certainly look forward to continuing the celebration this weekend, the 2nd Annual Seeds of the Future and to the ongoing celebration of our Native communities.

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