Speaker and Workshop Presentations

Claudia A. Fox Tree

Professional educator and social justice activist Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. Facilitates courses and workshops on having difficult conversations about diversity and anti-racism. In decolonizing equity conversations, she centers present Indigenous experiences and inclusive history in what is now known as North and South America. Her presentations center on marginalized Native American identities and missing contributions while dismantling stereotypes and historical inaccuracies. She asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her. 

More Detail about presentations: http://www.mcnaa.org/claudia-fox-tree.html 
Resources: 21-Day Racial Equity Indigenous Challenge – Fighting White Supremacy Since 1492

 
Name: Claudia A. Fox Tree, M.Ed.
Nation: Arawak (Yurumein)
E-mail Address:
cfoxtree@gmail.com (best way to contact me)


Workshops

Some presentation goals are..…

  • Deconstructing STEREOTYPES, IMPLICIT BIAS, CYCLE OF OPPRESSION (RACISM)

  • Recognizing the importance of CONTRIBUTIONS and REPRESENTATION

  • Understanding CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

  • Becoming an ALLY, ACTIVIST, AGITATOR, and CO-CONSPIRATOR

  • Relearning accurate information about HISTORY and CULTURE

  • Developing a COUNTER-NARRATIVE (TRANSFORMING CURRICULUM)

Some presentation titles…

  • Settler-Colonist Ties to Thanksgiving & Columbus: The Indigenous Perspective

  • Anti-Racism from the Indigenous Perspective: Implicit Bias and Stereotypes

  • 400 Years Later: Taking Back the Narrative

  • Cultural Appropriation, Being and Ally, and Contributions

  • Implicit Bias: A Closer Look at Special Education

Will speak at… Colleges, conferences, seminars, civic organizations, teacher professional development workshops, etc. As Claudia is a full-time public school teacher, she typically only speaks after the school day or during school vacations weeks.


Booking Information * within Massachusetts**

​​- Currently, and in the near future, Claudia is primarily presenting in the virtual/ synchronous mode (very little in person). She is most familiar with Zoom, but she has used other virtual platforms. If she’s unfamiliar with the platform, she may need to schedule a 15-minute “tech check” right before the presentation.
- Presentations for smaller groups may be a seminar or participatory workshop.
- For larger groups, presentations are participatory lectures with a slideshow.
- Consultation is also available upon request.
- Rates available upon request

* Outside of Massachusetts or more than 75 min. away from Concord, MA incurs additional travel expenses.
** Some consultations may be done in collaboration with a teaching partner or group, and include an additional fee.

Please consider these questions and requests:
- Have you already chosen a date and time?
- Is this live/ in-person or virtual on a Zoom-type platform?
- If it is live, will there be people/ audience, so that a participatory activity could be included?
- Claudia prefers no video-taping or recordings, and does not share slides ahead of time or afterward. However, she can offer a resource list of the information discussed.
- Please let me know if your organization will be preparing/ doing a Tribal Land Acknowledgment (TLA) at the beginning of the program. Claudia is happy to present a TLA, but also feels that organizations need to practice and take ownership of this important practice. More information about TLAs can be found here.


Travel

When not virtual, generally, Claudia will travel anywhere in the Greater Boston area. She could be flexible throughout New England and Cape Cod depending on the public school schedule. In 2004, she was invited to Germany for one week to speak about Native American culture at several United States Army bases. Claudia is willing to travel abroad with sufficient notice, depending on the time of year.

Necklaces

CHOKERS: bone hairpipe and glass crow beads threaded on imitation sinew with a leather tie in back. Each choker has a small concho on which dangles three of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of glass seed beads, shells, stone chips, and/or other interesting beads (Approx. $35.00).











LARGE BEADED NECKLACE: 15-20 of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of seed beads, stone chips, and or shell (Approx. $50.00).










MEDIUM BEADED NECKLACE: 8-13 of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of seed beads, stone chips, and or shell (Approx. $35.00).











SMALL BEADED NECKLACE: 3-7 of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of seed beads, stone chips, and or shell (Approx. $25.00).





OR: Memory wire necklace with 3 to 5 clay beads (Approx. $25.00).














ONE BEAD NECKLACE: one larger sized clay bead with accents of seed beads, stone chips, and or shell (Approx. $12.00).


























ONE BEAD PENDANT
: my handcrafted clay beads hung on leather cord (Approx. $5.00) A Real Bargain!

2016 Update: Some of the Arawak/Taino Designs I've made


Top row:  Atabey's face, Atabey - mother earth (upside down), Yocahu - volcano, Sun, Yocah   

Second row:  Behique - medicine healer, Owl, Coqui - tree frog (upside down), Lizard Man, Love Birds   

Third row:  Dream Keeper, Twins, Pregnant Female Cacique, Atabey - Caguana ceremonial park location, Log Drum.   

Bottom row: face of Yocahu, Sun, Sun - Sol de Jayaya location, Infant on a Cradle Board, Log Drum surrounded by rattles.

Native American Resources

This BLOG is a place where I present lesser known truths (some may call it "revisionist history" - I just call it history) and perspectives about the Indigenous People of the Western Hemisphere, which are not easily found in other places.  I address a broad range of Native American issues, with a focus on my Nation, the Arawak (and the Taino Nation), Massachusetts (where I live), and social activism/responsibility (related to NA's). I recommend many of these resources in courses and workshops I teach about Native Americans - book lists, websites, video clips, music/songs, curriculum ideas, and other thoughts thrown in for explanation…

Multicultural Imperatives (Lists of Resources)

I teach several courses under the broad topic of "Multicultural Education," prioritizing social justice issues of access, power/privilege, & narrowing the academic achievement gap. I am a person of color and I almost always have a white co-teacher. We include topics, such as: racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ethnocentrism, deculturalization, transforming curriculum, etc. This is a place where I post information that we teach; lesson plans for activities; and resources we use and/or which are shared with me by my adult students.

Here are RESOURCES and LESSONS I use when TEACHING ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE - especially race, ethnicity, and culture can be found HERE. You will find MANY LINKS TO SITES & ARTICLES, BUT ONLY THE FIRST FEW PARAGRAPHS (due to copyright laws), so please press the link to read the articles in their entirety. TO SEARCH, use the "SEARCH BY LABEL OR CATEGORY" section in the right column.

A Sampling of the Many Items I Sell at Pow Wow

Native American jewelry and hair accessories - specializing in beautifully hand crafted clay beads. Established in 1994. P.O. Box 1454 Concord, Massachusetts 01742
At this time, Arawak Design does not allow purchases from this site, nor do we currently have a catalog for the items that we carry. To see more products or to purchase, please come to a Pow Wow (scroll down to see a list of my shows).
ZIPPERED DRUM POUCHES lined with plastic (cold wash/no dryer please!), these pouches have photos of my family drum ©2007 and can be used to carry candy, make-up, sage, or so many other important items (Approx. $20.00).




LEATHER NECK POUCHES: my handcrafted clay beads attached to leather cords on beautifully dyed suede and leather (Approx. Approx. $15.00).

Other Items

I have a selection of items that I do not make, but fit my style and product assortment.  (photos to come!)  They include:

Beaded Barrettes

Social Justice Buttons

Bookmarks

Pens

Canvas Bags

T-Shirts

These are all original (and copyrighted) designs:

The Drum Connects Our Hearts and Hands…
To the Heartbeat of the Mother Earth…
These are full color front and back shirts (Approx. $25.00).

Earrings

THREE DANGLE EARRINGS: each has a small concho on which dangles three of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of glass seed beads, shells, stone chips, and/or other interesting beads ($28.00).


FETISH EARRINGS:
each has one of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of glass seed beads, shells, stone chips, and/or other interesting beads, as well as a stone or metal fetish representing an animal or human (Approx. $20.00).






SMALL DANGLE EARRINGS: each has one of my handcrafted clay beads with accents of glass seed beads and/or stone chips (Approx. $15.00).





POST OR CLIP EARRINGS: each has one my handcrafted clay beads (Approx. $5.00).