Unceded Kinship seeks to engage students and the UO community in honoring the past, present, and future of Native and Afro descendent peoples. The project explores how we can restore our relationships to one another and to the natural world while holding kinship, solidarity, and community as sacred. As a Global Justice Grant project, refusing the narratives of erasure, dehumanization, and subjugation, and envisioning a future rooted in Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty are the drives behind the Unceded Kinship initiative. Unceded Kinship is guided and organized by UO alum Amber Starks, enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and of Shawnee, Yuchi, Quapaw, and Cherokee descent. Amber is a nationally-recognized community organizer, artist, and stylist.The project intersects with UO Common Reading's selection—Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Read About Amber and Unceded Kinship in Around the O!
Indigenous UO Map
This map highlights the key points of interests related to Native American and Indigenous history on campus. This project was created and developed by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community in 2018.
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