Land acknowledgements recognize the Native Peoples of the local area, past and present, and focus audiences for a moment on who was here before the settlers. The Cultural Office is grateful to Debbie Howell (Pawnee/Dakota) for crafting this land acknowledgement for the Pikes Peak region for both the Cultural Office and the local creative community’s use. It is intentionally brief enough to use within curtain speeches before performances and other arts & cultural events. Local creative groups are encouraged to include land acknowledgements when it is fitting to do so, and to edit the language below so that it is personal and heartfelt for your organization and audience.
Land Acknowledgement for the Arts Community
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