We are sharing this important new resource from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) for any of our partners interested in accuracy when presenting local indigenous history.
In response to numerous requests from constituents, Maryland Traditions staff initiated the MSAC Land Acknowledgement Project in April 2020, in consultation with previous American Indian grantees and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs.
Public materials now available on the MSAC Land Acknowledgement Project webpage include a series of land acknowledgement statements and maps for the lands of each of the tribes who consulted on the project.
A “Land Acknowledgement Project Overview and Resource Guide” document is also available. In addition to land acknowledgement statements and maps, the guide features explanations of best practices for creating and delivering land acknowledgements, tribal histories, and pronunciation guides. It also contains a “Key Concepts” section, which explains culturally-specific information to help constituents more easily create land acknowledgements.
Tribal consultants have reviewed and approved tribal materials for cultural accuracy.