We have been working closely with the Archaeological Conservancy to purchase the site of Fort Parker, the first Crow Indian Agency, for preservation and education. See our work on Fort Parker under “Projects” above. If you would like to contribute to this important preservation project, you can donate online at https://donate.archaeologicalconservancy.org/ Choose Fort Parker on the drop down menu next to “Designation” and all of your contribution will go towards this project. Thank you for your support!
Our good friend Joanie Kresich has written a terrific book to explain the concepts and processes of Restorative Justice: a new model for finding harmony in conflict. Joanie describes her very accessible and engaging book below:
“How can the concepts of restorative justice reach the widest audience….. busy students, overworked parents, those struggling with the impacts of a brutal economy? ‘Picturing Restorative Justice’ presents the basic concepts and values of rj in an imaginative, short and graphic form.’
To learn more about this fascinating book and to purchase a copy, click on the book cover and follow the link.
Historic preservation can come in many forms
When Photographers Ellie Gardner and Oscar Durand learned of the destruction of several small historic communities in order to expand the airport in Lima, Peru, they used their skills to photographically document the neighborhood of El Ayllu. Through local research, they learned that some of the buildings dated back to the 16th century and they told the story of a small, tightly-knit community built on shared labor and kinship. By learning this history, Durand noted that “Walking on [El Ayllu’s] unpaved streets, I could see remnants of its past. It was a little bit like being able to travel back in time”
The community responded to Gardner and Durand’s photographs with great affection and appreciation as they faced the sadness of disconnecting from their home. How much of their identity was connected to this place? How will they translate that identity to the coming generations, who will no longer have this place to connect to? This is the gift that Ellie Gardner and Oscar Durand gave to this small Peruvian community and it speaks to the heart of why preservation is so important. History speaks to the heart of community. It is the tree upon which we hang our sense of self, family and neighbor. By documenting and preserving the memory of history, we can carry that identity into the future. By sharing that history with the rest of the world, we can understand and appreciate the identity and connection these people once had to this place.
The Extreme History Project honors Ellie Gardner and Oscar Durand as our Historical Activists of the Week!
Learn more about their work here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2013/04/29/179265615/a-photographic-homage-to-perus-fading-past
For being the first Canadian Commander of the Space Station to make a music video! This is the true meaning of awe inspiring!
The denial of history is the denial of identity and what are the consequences of community identity loss?
“Aboriginals in Quebec plan to change that and are demanding that the government correct history. A petition was launched in March calling for the Quebec government to require that all Canadians in secondary school be taught the history of the aboriginal people and that it be mandatory and not elective.”