Let the Landscape Speak
Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust
Education • Identification • Mapping • Preservation
Ceremonial Stone Landscapes
Upon request, Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office provides a lecture about indigenous ceremonial stone landscapes that surround us in New England, often hidden in plain sight in the forests and fields. Most people who come across enigmatic stone structures don't know that some are remnants of a network built by indigenous Americans for ceremonial and other purposes. Doug Harris has been Tribally certified in the identification of ceremonial stone features for 16 years. His illustrated talk shows various types of indigenous ceremonial stone features. Ample time is provided for questions about structures audience members know of.
On the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4PM from April through November, Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the Trust’s Caretakers for Ceremonial Stone Landscapes guide field trips to introduce participants to the Upton Chamber and companion features on top of Pratt Hill in Upton. The field trips open participants’ eyes to the ancient ceremonial places hiding in plain sight all around us.
Upon request, the Narragansett Tribal Trust also provides consultations to identify, map, and document ceremonial features.
To support the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust’s mission to help identify, protect, and preserve indigenous ceremonial stone landscapes in the northeast, we provide programs to open participants’ eyes to the ancient ceremonial places hiding in plain sight all around us.
Our formal programs include lectures describing ceremonial stone landscape feature types and the nature of relationships between features, earth, and sky, and field trips to ceremonial stone landscapes.