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Cultural Appropriation + Being An “Ally” to Indigenous Nations w/Claudia Fox Tree

October 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

In this Indigenous People’s Day lecture, Claudia Fox Tree will explore culture, cultural racism, and cultural appropriation. How do you begin to be a social change agent and continue to challenge systemic racism, microaggressions, and inequities?

About the speaker:

Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) teaches courses and workshops on transforming curriculum and culturally responsive teaching practices. She also leads conversations about “un-erasing” Native American First Nations People (FNP). She gives voice to Indigenous experiences (past and present) and asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her.

Claudia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), teaching certification in elementary and special education from Fitchburg State College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University with a focus on educational research. She’s been a middle school special education teacher for over thirty years in the Massachusetts public school system and has taught professional development social justice courses at the college level for more than twenty-five years. Claudia is on the board of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA.org) and is a Massachusetts Liaison for the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP.org), headquartered in New York city.

She is also a polymer clay artist and mother to five young adults (and four cats)!

In January 2017, Claudia was the first speaker at the Boston’s Women’s March. She spoke about current Native American issues to over 125,000 thousand people on the Boston Common, and introduced her daughter who sang, “Amazing Grace” in Cherokee and then led the crowd through the first verse in English. In 2016, Claudia was the 58th woman to be featured by YM (Eliminating Racism/Empowering Women) Boston Women of Influence Series for the YWCA’s 150th year anniversary. In 2015, Community of Change recognized Claudia with the Drylongso Award for significant anti-racism work. In 2011, Claudia wrote a chapter, “Aren’t They All Dead? Covert Racism and Native Americans” in Covert Racism: Theories, Institutions, and Experiences, edited by Dr. Rodney D. Coates.

*Please email hello@hauswitch.com to inquire about scholarship spots for Black and/or Indigenous folx and non-Black POC. 100% of ticket price paid directly to the facilitator. 

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$7, register online.


October 12, 2020
7:00 pm