LOCATION: Zoom event
Many of the facts are murky surrounding Alexander Quapish, a Native American and a Natick American Revolutionary War Veteran, given that he reportedly died at the age of 34 some 243 years ago. But representatives of the Wampanoag Confederacy as well Harvard University museum researchers have pulled enough evidence together to convince Natick officials that what are believed to be the remains of Mr. Quapish should be reinterred at the Natick Praying Indian Burial Ground at 29 1/2 Pond Street.
The Natick Select Board voted unanimously this week to allow the interment to proceed, pending Board of Health or other approvals. This matter was the only item on the board’s agenda on Nov. 23 during a meeting that lasted just 18 minutes, far shorter than the usual 2-plus hour discussions.
“It’s very fitting that we’re discussing this a few days before Thanksgiving and sitting on land that was of course originally of indigenous people’s origin…,” Select Board member Karen Adelman-Foster said. “I feel like it is an honor to be able to host these remains.”
In a memo shared by the Board citing research summarized in a Federal Register document, what are believed to be Mr. Quapish’s remains were removed from a location in Dedham (where he lived with this wife) and transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum. There’s some uncertainty whether he was originally buried in Dedham in what’s now Needham, or in Natick, as the Natick Historical Society contends. Historian and author Robert D. Hall has also written of Mr. Quapish and his original burial in Natick, according to his sources.
Under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), an inventory of the human remains under the control of the museum, was completed. The Museum determined, “by a preponderance of the evidence,” that the human remains are of the Native American individual Mr. Alexander Quapish. Where no direct lineal descendants can be identified, the remains were repatriated to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), Tribes that represent people of Wampanoag descent.”
Jim Peters, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, said during the Board meeting: “We like to bring our ancestors back to their final resting places as much as possible and having it protected as well so they won’t be disturbed again.”
A date for the burial has not been set. Bettina Washington, tribal historic preservation officer, said it’s unusual to have an identity for a repatriation. “This is never an easy thing to do, but it’s necessary.”
The Select Board agreed.
“Mr. Quapish was not born here apparently, but he did end up here. It sounds like an odyssey of fact finding but there’s also the theme of respect for understanding and trying to find the right final resting place,” Select Board member Michael Hickey said. “So in a way, it seems like there’s an adopted home here in Natick.”
Natick Is United invites the public to its Annual Fall Meeting taking place Thursday, Nov. 19 on Zoom.
The outfit will discuss the new Natick Equity Task Force, as well as various racial justice issues.
Registration is required to participate in this Zoom meeting. All are welcome.
Please address any inquiries to email@example.com.
Our roundup of the latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Select Board rejects split tax rate
The Natick Select Board mulled, as it does annually, whether to vote for different tax rates for businesses vs. residents during its meeting this week, and unanimously decided to stick with a single tax rate. “The idea of frankly punching our commercial and retail partners in the gut at this point is something that I can’t really get comfortable with,” board member Michael Hickey said. The tax rate ($13.61 per $1,000 of assessed property value) remains the same for FY2021 as for FY2020, said Eric Henderson, director of assessing, in a presentation to the board. With assessed property values steadily rising, this will mean higher taxes for most residents (about a $288 increase), though still a smaller average tax bill ($8,700) than in many surrounding communities such as Needham and Sherborn. Your top FY21 Natick taxpayer? General Growth Properties/Brookfield, the owner of Natick Mall, with $4.6 million.
Natick represents on Influential Business People of Color list
Check out the Newton-Needham MetroWest 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list to find familiar faces and meet new ones. Among those representing Natick either as people operating businesses here, working here, or living here are:
- Prepped and Polished‘s Alexis Avila (South Natick, close enough…longtime Swellesley supporter)
- Guimel DeCarvalho of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network and a member of Natick’s new Equity Task Force
- Beverly Edgehill, a senior VP at TJX in Natick
- Melissa Patrick, founder of Equity & Expectations in Natick
- Kristen L. Pope of Pope Productions in Natick
The Bagel Table arrives
Congrats to The Bagel Table for opening. We paid an early visit to snap a few pics and eat a couple of muffins, but will be back for a more thorough review.
Achieve TMS East opens in Natick Center
A new depression treatment center called Achieve TMS East held its virtual grand opening this week at 209 West Central St. The facility offers Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which sort of translates into the acronym TMS, and provides an alternative treatment to those finding medication ineffective. TMS sends magnetic signals to mood centers of the brain. It is a drug-free treatment. On staff is Dr. Kiran Lulla, who is board-certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry.
There will be a free virtual screening of the path-breaking film Neither Wolf Nor Dog between Sunday, November 15, and Sunday, November 22.
On Sunday, November 22, at 2pm, the Bacon Free Library and the Natick Historical Society will co-sponsor a free virtual conversation with the filmmaker, Steven Lewis Simpson.
Sign up for links to watch the film and join the conversation HERE.
In the 2016 film adaptation of the best-selling Native American novel by Kent Nerburn, a white author gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick. Once known as the great unmade Native American novel in Hollywood, Neither Wolf Nor Dog has sold around half a million copies worldwide. The novel is acknowledged to successfully bridge the gap between white America and the Native American worlds.
EVENT: Film screening, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
DATE: November 15 – November 22
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EVENT: Virtual conversation with the filmmaker, Steven Lewis Simpson
DATE: Nov. 22, 2020
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