From Smallpox to COVID-19

WED, JULY 29

ONLINE EVENT

3:30PM

Microbes, Hate and History

Co-Presented by Revolutionary Spaces and the Upstander Project

From smallpox and measles, to cholera, dysentery, and tuberculosis, Indigenous peoples have suffered disproportionate loss of life from disease since European settlers began to trade with them and later occupy their land. The novel coronavirus has impacted Indigenous peoples with a familiar ferocity, flagging their perennial lack of good jobs, housing, and healthcare. Join a distinguished panel of experts to learn about the historical and present-day conditions that have made Indigenous people especially vulnerable to disease, and the strategies required to break this pattern of discrimination and social violence.

Panelists will include Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), Chairwoman of the Native Land Conservancy, Lorén Spears (Narragansett/Niantic), Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, and Mishy Lesser, Learning Director at the Upstander Project. The discussion will be moderated by Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak) of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness.


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