The States We’re In: What’s In A Name?

Event Type: Community Services
Date: 1/23/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 More than half of the United States are named from Native words and places yet rarely are the actual Native Peoples and their traditions acknowledged. This presentation will bridge the gap between name and Peoples, place and respect for the environment aka Mother Earth, revealing how geopolitics and resource extractions have mis-shaped the sacred land, air, and waters. Other state names reflect the colonial royalty mindset and it is this dynamic tension that is still playing out in our everyday lives. Monuments and signs also perpetuate misperceptions, while sports team names allow centuries of racism to linger. How united are the United States and what can be done to heal the long-standing divisions? Suggested reading and actions are also part of this wide-ranging, informative, and stirring presentation.

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is the author-editor of 17 books, a small press publisher, and Turtle Islander. He is resident poet and essay contributor at His modern epic poem, “Singing an Epic of Peace” includes the origins of the fifty States’ names. His small press, Allbook Books, started in 2002 encourages one-world consciousness and respect for various cultures, lifestyles and spiritual traditions.

Location: Community Room A
Link: Register for program here.