This November, California Humanities staff and board will join our colleagues in the field of the public humanities to convene in downtown Los Angeles for the annual National Humanities Conference (NHC). Taking part in the NHC each year creates a space for scholars and practitioners in the public humanities to share ideas, connect, and reflect on the people, places, and histories that inspire us. As we acknowledge the importance of place and community on our work, California Humanities’ staff Equity Working Group crafted an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement statement to recognize the Indigenous tribes and communities across greater Los Angeles to provide recognition of the lands and histories on which our conference will take place, and beyond.
The process of crafting this land acknowledgement statement was collaborative in nature and was shaped by conversation held with Indigenous community members and partners. We share this statement to continue affirming our acknowledgement of the histories of place, ways of knowing, and traditions of California’s Indigenous tribes and communities. It is our hope that we can all use the public humanities to recognize the past, present, and future of California’s Indigenous peoples.