Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Courtney M. Leonard
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Porcelain, enamel and red iron oxide transfers, artificial sinew, canvas, brass
The Heckscher Museum of Art
Museum Purchase: Partial Funding from the Town of Huntington Art Acquisition Fund

The Heckscher Museum of Art is situated on the traditional territory of the Matinecock Tribal Nation, whose presence continues in New York today. We acknowledge the meaning and sacredness of the land for the Matinecock and its sister tribes on Long Island. We recognize histories of land theft, violence, and erasure, as well as the continued disenfranchisement and displacements of Indigenous peoples. We commit to building a more inclusive and equitable Museum for all.

What is a Land Acknowledgement?

The purpose of this statement is to respect and affirm the ongoing relationship between Indigenous people and the land. In Australia and Canada, and among tribal nations in the United States, it is commonplace to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the land. Many institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, are adopting this practice. Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture that can be an opening to greater public awareness. It becomes more meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed action.

Want to Learn More?

For an introduction to the Matinecock Tribal Nation, view this one-minute video or visit their website.

Learn about the practice of land acknowledgement from the U.S.Department of Arts and Culture (a non-governmental agency).

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