Lion’s Jaw takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in what is now known as the northeast coast of the continental United States.
Cambridge, and the greater Boston, area sits on land that just over 250 years ago was filled with bear, bobcat, beaver, moose, wolves, mountain lion and a rich coastal ecology.
We need to acknowledge that these were also the primary tribal lands of the Algonkian speaking Nipmuc, Massachusett and Wampanoag peoples and the various bands and tribes of those peoples.
These people lived, hunted and farmed on and with this land, along the Charles river and Massachusetts Bay, for nearly two thousand years before they were decimated by European colonialism. This city and the spaces inside of it were built through and inside of that experience and by those forces.
We encourage you to connect with these people! They are still very much alive and active in the area and we invite you to learn more about them and their lives today.
We strongly encourage you to reach out and connect with the indigenous communities around you, regardless of where you live, to learn about them and to listen to them and to support them. Engaging with, amplifying, and prioritizing voices from First Nations people is an essential part of the ongoing reparations and healing work that is necessary in this country. We have provided links below to our local tribal networks.
We want to also bring our awareness to the fact that indentured servitude and slavery shaped the history of this country and continues to impact the racial realties and capitalism of our current socio-cultural and political dialogues.
There is no room or container that allows for escape or retreat from the effects of dominant culture and its painful histories around race, gender, identity and economics.
We want to remember that these forces have shaped each of us profoundly in different ways and that they continue to do so and that in this way we carry dominant culture and colonialism inside each one of us. The relationships we have to and with our bodies and the bodies of others are shaped by these forces. We do not dance to escape, we dance to integrate these truths and acknowledge our complicity and our power in making change.