This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we #HonorNativeLand
Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. And, according to NCPedia, North Carolina is home to the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi River and the eighth-largest Native American population in the United States.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we want to share a statement acknowledging the traditional inhabitants of North Carolina — on whose land we conduct our business. As NC Handmade was founded in 2020 by two descendants of white European settlers, we believe it’s our responsibility to offer this acknowledgement — and to start out our new business venture off on the path of reconciliation and by being in right relationship with our Indigenous neighbors.
If you are interested in creating your own land acknowledgement statement, we recommend you check out the US Department of Arts and Culture and the Native Governance Center. Both provided helpful guides that got us started.
We’re working on building connections with Indigenous artisans to be featured on NC Handmade. If you know of anyone who might be interested, send them a link to our artisan application.
Land acknowledgement statement
Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth.
As North Carolinians, we stand on the unceded (ie. stolen) ancestral lands of the following tribes*:
- Eastern Band of Cherokee
- Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that have brought us to our current moment.
* This list doesn’t include the many North Carolina Indigenous tribes lost to genocide, European disease, and forced relocation.