Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater acknowledges that it resides and operates on the traditional and ancestral land of the Wôpanâak (or Wampanoag), known as the People of the First Light, and the Nauset tribes. While the Nauset tribe is no more, their heritage lives on in the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, who were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007.
WHAT accepts that this acknowledgement is just a tiny step in the journey to reckon with the effects of the colonial past in this region, and is not a substitute for authentic and meaningful dialogue with indigenous communities. We remain committed to learning more of our past, and being an active ally in the present.
WHAT acknowledges that much of this nation was built by the labor and at the expense of forcibly enslaved Black and African diasporic peoples. We acknowledge that this system of abuse and oppression echoes forward and affects our system today. We are indebted to the labor and unwilling sacrifice of those whose freedom was denied them; and acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact and generational trauma still felt and witnessed today.