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Monument Valley Road Construction Begins Week of 6/17

During the week the road will be limited to local traffic only between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Community, town must engage in dialogue for healing cultural violence

In a letter to the editor, BRIDGE members write, "Reflecting on, learning about, reckoning with and repairing this country's colonialist and genocidal legacy is hard, uncomfortable, invaluable work that we must engage in by following the leadership of those most deeply impacted."

CONNECTIONS: The real first Thanksgiving

It is well to remember that once we turned against and slaughtered people who welcomed us and helped us to survive.

Great Barrington’s Laura Ingersoll Secord: Heroine or traitor?

At least a few residents of Great Barrington were aware of Laura Secord by the early 1900s. When the Ingersoll home was first moved and then torn down during the construction of the Mason Library, structural artifacts were removed and sent to Canada for a Laura Secord exhibit.

Indigenous People deserve to be honored

In her letter Kate Burke writes: “In signing this proclamation (presented by the Du Bois Legacy Committee) not only did the Selectboard take a step toward social equity in our community but it also set in motion what can become a real honest healing.”

A Native American consecration at Jacob’s Pillow: Into the stars with Red Sky Performance

Truly, this vast space was filled with love as well. Performers from New Zealand to Hawaii, from British Columbia to South Dakota to the Berkshires, thrilled us with a generous display of their indigenous song and dance traditions.

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire women of distinction — the Goodale sisters

Although the sisters lived apart for many years since Smith College days, they kept a constant correspondence.

BOB GRAY: The national disgrace

Broken treaties are the most commonly recognized mechanisms for the displacement of tribal nations from their ancestral lands. Less well-known are the destruction of native cultural practices, starvation, wars of attrition and the outright  murder of more than 2 million Native Americans.

CONNECTIONS: Democracy at risk

Voter suppression schemes target specific populations, generally nonwhites, and make it onerous or impossible to register, to get to the poll and cast a vote. Recent examples include the shenanigans in Georgia, North Carolina and North Dakota.

Amplifications: A picture is worth a thousand words

Anyone with a modicum of education can draw a straight line from the white hoods of the KKK to the angry red of a MAGA cap.

Amplifications: The shutdown

The Coast Guard, the agency we rely on during the darkest days of disaster, is about to be shuttered for the sake of a wall and a temper tantrum. Ready to move to Canada yet?

Glimmerglass Festival: Another side to Cooperstown, New York, and an opera lover’s paradise

As much as I enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, I occasionally crave opera, as well, and the Glimmerglass Festival is central New York’s answer to outdoor classical flair.

History markers in curious places: A quiz for Berkshire explorers

Why are we honoring a massacre? On the other hand, how many monuments are there to Native American maltreatment? It’s a rare admission of how fiercely we wrestled New England from its indigenous people.

Poem: Thanksgetting

A poem on the occasion of Thanksgiving, with a reminder of the myth by which we celebrate this holiday.

Life’s a Beech…Tree

The beech tree was very important hardwood here in the Berkshires, and the species is capable of living 300 years or more.

FilmColumbia: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Many indigenous musicians chose to identify themselves as African or Mexican as there was often more prejudice against Native Americans.

NATURE’S TURN: Relationships thrive in and beyond the garden

With gardening season in full swing, I am also energized to redouble my efforts to interplant as many row-seeded crops as possible.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.