Indigenous People of Wakefield & the Origin of the Warrior Name and Logo
SCOPE: This guide is aimed to allow Wakefield students and community members an opportunity to engage in primary source, historical research regarding the Indigenous populations that lived in Wakefield. It also provides information in reference to the origin and evolution of the Wakefield logo and the Warrior team name through the use of school yearbooks, public library and archival information, and local news entities (e.g. The Boston Globe; The Daily Item). The questions included in this guide are intended to provide fodder for rigorous, respectful conversations and well-formulated opinions that are deeply steeped in factual information.
Curated information on national issues that have affected Indigenous people historically and today can be found below in our subject specific guides. These guides cover topics such as modern tribal life, the history of native boarding schools, food sovereignty, and the ongoing human rights crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America.
This guide was created in November 2020 as a library research and project development opportunity for the WMHS Diversity Leaders in collaboration with the WMHS Gov. John A. Volpe Library. If you are interested in learning more about the origins of this project, you can view the project rubric here. No singular item in this guide should be considered plausive by Wakefield Public Schools or the WMHS Gov. John A. Volpe Library, but rather, these resources have been identified as historically and/or culturally significant points of information. If you have additional materials or information that you believe will benefit this guide, please forward your information for consideration and inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Indigenous Peoples Resources and Research Guides
The links below were curated by the WMHS Diversity Leaders and the WMHS Gov. Volpe Library and focus broadly on the experience and history of modern Indigenous people. Each link contains reputable websites, videos, and extended reading opportunities on the listed topic.
- What aspects of Indigenous history and life do we currently include as part of our WPS curriculum? What disciplines touch on these topics? Can all disciplines speak towards some aspect of Indigenous life? How? Why?
- What were Native American Boarding schools? When and where did they operate? What is their lasting impact on contemporary American life?
- How many Indigenous figures from history and/or pop culture are you able to name? Which of their achievements are you able to speak towards? Where did you learn that information?
- How many books have you read by Indigenous people? How many films have you watched that focus on the native experience? Was the media produced/authored by a someone who identifies as being Indigenous?
- What has the hashtag #MMIW been popularized in recent years? What does it stand for? In what ways can your community assist victims and families?
- Where are modern native tribes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? What is life like for people who want to preserve their languages/culture?
- What is a blood quotient? Why do you think that this method is used to determine Indigenous ancestry?