Pitt Stages and the Department of Theatre Arts joins the call for all artists, cultural workers, public officials, educators, administrators, community leaders, organizers, and engaged community members to open all public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.
We want to recognize that our productions are performed on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy), particularly the Seneca who were one of the 5 (and later 6) Iroquois-language speaking tribes in the Confederacy, the Lenape (also known as the Delaware), the Shawnee, the Mingo, and earlier, the Osage, the Monongahela, the Hopewell, and others.
We are mindful that our lives here are possible because the land and lives of people native to this place were stolen. Colonialism and white supremacy have continually tried to erase Indigenous people of this land in the past and present. At this time there are no federally recognized Indigenous tribes in Pennsylvania due to colonialism displacement. Our lives here are also possible because generation upon generation (past, present, and future) of indigenous people in this nation and all over the world are respectful stewards of the earth and its resources.
More information about this call, practice, and additional information can be found here.