HARTMAN DEETZ, WAMPANOAG: ‘NO THANKS, NO GIVING’ HISTORY
Transcribed by Christine Prat in Paris
Hartman Deetz speaking on Oct. 12, 2019 at a panel hosted by the CSIA, Committee for Solidarity with Indigenous in the Americas, in Paris
Hartman Deetz is from Mashpee, a member of the Wampanoag tribe. He has been involved in Indigenous and Environmental movements for over 20 years. His activism mainly relies on his spirituality and his Indigenous traditions, that are based on the idea that the Earth is a living being and that it is necessary never to forget it. He has been taking part in ceremonies ever since he was 12. He has worked with the Mashpee Coalition for Native Action, took part in the Long Walk in 2008 and Idle No More in San Francisco. He has been in Standing Rock and in Indian Bayou, Louisiana, to struggle against pipelines projects that threaten the Mississippi river. He is also involved in a struggle to have the Sword removed from the Massachusetts’s flag and in another campaign aiming to have the Mashpee Reservation Act be fully implemented. Hartman is also an artist and jewelry designer.