Neighborhood Matters: Native Boston

Artist Talk, Conversation, Film Screening, Screening

Neighborhood Matters: Native Boston

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Snell Library 90
Artist Talk, Conversation, Film Screening, Screening Tue, Nov 14, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Snell Library 90

Neighborhood Matters: Native Boston
Special Guests:
Nicholas Brown, Associate Teaching Professor Northeastern School of Architecture
 J. Cedric Woods, Ph.D, Director Institute for New England Native American Studies UMass Boston

Native Boston will feature the screening of an excerpt of “Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On” a film held in the Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern. This film tells the story of injustice, outrage, activism, and vindication that emboldened cultural pride and integrity for the Wampanoag, a rural Native American community in Mashpee, Massachusetts nearly 40 years ago. 

The short screening will be followed by a conversation with J. Cedric Woods, Director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, UMass Boston facilitated by CAMD Architecture professor Nicholas Brown, creator of the web-based project A People’s Guide to Firsting and Lasting in Boston.  Lunch from Roxbury’s Haley House will be served.

Neighborhood Matters is a series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library. See More At: Neighborhood Matters

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Boston Globe

Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries

The Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries houses and carefully curates a diverse collection of historical records relating to Boston’s fight for social justice; preserving the history of Boston’s social movements, including civil & political rights, immigrants rights, homelessness and urban and environmental justice. They focus on the history of Boston’s African American, Asian American, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.

The primary source materials they collect and make available are used by the community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world as evidence on which histories are built. An understanding of the past can help inspire the next generation of of leaders to fight for economic, political, and social rights.


Snell Library 90

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Nicholas Brown

Associate Teaching Professor

icholas Brown teaches in the Urban Landscape Program and the Department of History at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in Landscape Architecture (History & Theory) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a MFA degree from UIUC’s School of Art & Design, and a BA from Carleton College. Previously Brown taught in the American Indian & Native Studies Program and the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa.

Weaving history, theory, and practice together in the classroom, Brown works with students to better understand relationships between social justice and the built environment. Using place-based pedagogies, he encourages students to experiment with techniques for activating histories and spaces. Recent projects designed in collaboration with students include: A People’s Guide to Firsting and Lasting in Boston, which documents the “erasure” of indigenous peoples in and around Boston, and Ioway City, a walking tour that explores Native American histories and ongoing presence in Iowa City.

Brown’s research examines the production of cultural landscapes in settler colonial contexts, focusing in particular on how space and time are partitioned in ways that impose limitations on indigenous political life. In addition to exploring links between geographical and political imaginations, his research also looks at the politics and ethics of connectivity embedded in diverse articulations of landscape.

Brown is the co-author of Re-Collecting Black Hawk: Landscape, Memory, and Power in the American Midwest (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). “The Vanishing Indian Repeat Photography Project,” an ongoing project that explores continuities between Montana’s colonial past and present, is featured in Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015). Brown’s speculative design proposal, Ni-aazhawa’am-minis Spur, which highlights enduring Anishinaabe geographies around Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, was featured in the Rabbit Island 2014 Residency Exhibition at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum. Brown’s article, “The Logic of Settler Accumulation in a Landscape of Perpetual Vanishing,” which explores how primitive accumulation functions as an ongoing process within settler colonial contexts, was published in Settler Colonial Studies, and a series of interviews, “What makes justice spatial? What makes spaces just?”, was published in Critical Planning. His current book manuscript focuses on landscape, justice, and the politics of indigeneity in the Montana/Alberta borderlands. Brown has also organized exhibitions and symposia such as Just Space(s) (Los Angeles), Urban, Rural, Wild (Chicago), Walking as Knowing as Making (Urbana-Champaign), and Critical Spatial Practice (online).

J. Cedric Woods, Ph.D

Director, Institute for New England Native American Studies, UMass Boston

Cedric, a citizen of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, combines over a decade of tribal government experience with research and currently serves as the interim director for the Institute for New England Native American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.  The purpose of the institute is to connect Native New England with university research, innovation, and education. Currently, he is working on projects with tribes in the areas of tribal government capacity building, Indian education, economic development, and chronic disease prevention. 

Prior to arriving at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Cedric completed a study on the evolution of tribal government among the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. While pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut, Cedric served in a variety of capacities for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.   These positions included Director of Career Development, Research Analyst, Tribal Government Spokesman, and Deputy Chief Operating Officer.