Published on August 10, 2014 by Amy
Hunting & Fishing has been part of our lives for thousands of years. It is that intrinsic connection to the land, understanding the changes of the seasons and of course the patience and respect to listen, learn and be one with Nature. Today we continue that practice, but more importantly we never forget the responsibility of this tradition: Give back to the Earth by making an offering and only taking what we will use. In early New England many of our relatives went aboard fishing and whaling ships to make a living. Some tribal communities today continue the practice of fishing to sustain their livelihood.
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In 1982 the State of Massachusetts through the House of Representatives Passed the Resolution which reads in part:
“Whereas the Indians in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have an Ancient and Aboriginal claim to the wildlife of this land as a source of food for the sustenance for their families. This Ancient and Aboriginal claim has been recognized by Treaties, Including the Falmouth Treaty of 1749 ; and this Ancient and Aboriginal claim has been recognized by legislative enactments of the Commonwealth including chapter 71 of the Acts of 1795 , and subsequent Enactments up to and Including section 136 of chapter 130 of MGL.