Land Acknowledgment

To those who came before us

 

Native American Land Use Acknowledgment Statement

We respectfully acknowledge that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is located on traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. We honor the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of all Indigenous Peoples who were sustained by these lands and give thanks to them. We are grateful that these lands continue to provide enrichment for many people today.

We know these lands were utilized by nomadic and migratory forager-hunter-fisher groups beginning at least 9,500 years ago. The names of these Cultural Groups are lost to us, but we do know they populated this area for millennia. More than 2,000 years ago, some Native Peoples were becoming more sedentary, using the lands in this area to raise crops, particularly corn, beans, and squash. These peoples primarily came from the Caddoan Language Family, ultimately including speakers of Wichita and related languages. We recognize that Jumano, Comanche, and other Peoples also ranged through this land for trading and hunting purposes. After European/African contact, many other Native American Cultural Groups were pressed into this area from farther east as their traditional homelands were populated by the newcomers, and, ultimately, all Native Peoples were driven from this region, as well, and not formally invited to resettle here again until the 1950s.

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