Land Acknowledgment

I believe in the freedom of movement and would like to acknowledge that my freedom to traverse the Appalachian Mountains came at a dire cost to the communities of its original inhabitants through genocide, removal, relocation, and assimilation: the Cherokee, Monacan, Susquehannock, Lenape, Mohican (or Mahican), Schaghticoke, the Abenaki and Penobscot of the Wabanaki Confederacy, and the many Indigenous nations of the Northeastern and Southeastern Woodlands. I acknowledge their continued connection to this land, water, and communities since time immemorial and pay my respect to the original stewards and their descendants of these lands.

Learn more about these Native American communities and their histories:

Cherokee Nation

The Trail of Tears and the Forced Relocation of the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains

Indian Trails of Appalachia

Monacan Indian Nation

Susquehannocks: The Vanquished Tribe

The Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke – Lenape Tribes

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

PBS – Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican History

General History of the Schaghticoke Tribe

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

The Mountains Through a Different Cultural Lens: An Abenaki Perspective

Mountain Names: Remembering Their Aboriginal Origins

Penobscot Nation

The Penobscot People & Nation: Culture, History, & the Wabanaki Confederacy

A History of Mount Katahdin