Let the Landscape Speak
Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust
Education • Identification • Mapping • Preservation
Ceremonial Stone Landscapes
The Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust (NITHPT) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office in 2011 to protect, preserve, and promote recognition of and respect for indigenous ceremonial stone landscapes in the northeast United States.
When Europeans arrived in what we now call North America, they were met by a civilization for whom this was home since time immemorial. Indigenous people in the northeast used stone features to acknowledge and maintain harmony with celestial events. These ceremonial stone landscapes were essential to our ancestors’ physical and spiritual lives, with each stone carefully placed with prayer, fostering harmony and balance with our Mother the Earth.
Sadly, Europeans punished or killed our people for practicing their traditional ways, and knowledge of the ceremonial places went underground and/or appeared to be lost. The result is the misperception that all stone features in the northeast are the work of European colonial farmers. But these ceremonial places are still hiding in plain sight all around us waiting to be heard.
The Narragansett Tribal Trust’s mission is to promote the protection, recognition, and appreciation of these places created by the ancients that are unrecognized, unappreciated, and potentially endangered.
The Trust provides programs to open participants’ eyes to the ancient ceremonial places. We also provide consultations to identify, map, and document ceremonial features.