On Wednesday evening, August 17th, just hours before the Full Moon, Larry Buell, founder and steward of Earthlands, stood near the new North Standing Stone of Earthlands huddled under an off-grid light with Fred Freeman, Chairperson of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc. where they exchanged gifts and acknowledged to the public, the transfer of land back to the Nipmuc People. Buell has worked with David "Tall Pine" White, Nipmuc Language Keeper and Tribal Council Member for over a decade to secure the land so that a Nipmuc Cultural Site can be established where, according to Freeman, "...people of Nipmuc heritage could rediscover and reconnect with their natural surroundings in order to offer a balance to the ever increasing distractions of Modern Life...". Fred Freeman, Kuttabotomish Netomp, his Nipmuc name, accepted the deeded land for the Nipmucs or "people of the inland fresh water" whose ancestors have live on the land from Ancient times to Colonial Times.
Freeman expressed his sincere gratitude to Buell and the Earthlands Community for the gift of the property. In addition, Freeman noted, "...that Nipmuc people and their families still exist forming an unbroken line of continued residence in their traditional homeland of central Massachusetts....". He went on to state, "...that today, through this event we mark the first time since the early 1700's that the Nipmuc People have had a collective community presence in the "Nichewaug" area in Petersham".
The new Nipmuc land is the first of deeded Earthlands property that will become a Native American Cultural Education Site aligned with the "Semester on Earth" curriculum of the University of the Wild at Earthlands. The site will include a "Pre-Contact Nipmuc Vlillage" where Wisdom Teachings, Ceremony, and Living and Learning Skills will be taught and demonstrated to Native and Non-Native people.
In addition to giving the Land to the Nipmuc Nation, Buell and the Earthlands Community dedicated a new North Standing Stone to its Medicine Circle where prayers for a return to a sustainable and thriving Planet are voiced and a regional grid of lay lines and energy fields intersect. When asked what was so important to the Placing of the North Standing Stone and the transfer of Land to the Nipmucs, Buell replied that, "...now the work of teaching and modeling principles and practices of living with the Earth and All Life can be fully recognized at Earthlands and the Nipmucs have returned to steward and use land that has been held by Native Americans for over eight thousand years". Buell went on to say that "...gifting the land back to the Nipmuc Tribe was a long awaited intention and the absolute right thing to do".
For more information on the Nipmuks and Earthlands visit Nipmuck Cultural Preservation@facebook.com and Fred Freeman at and earthlands.org and Dr. Larry Buell at
-- Words from Fred Freeman, Chairperson, Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc. upon receiving deed to the Earthlands Land on August 17, 2016
I would like express my sincere gratitude to Larry Buell for making this offering.
Larry and David “Tall Pine” White (who could not be with us today,) have worked quietly and with deep contemplation over how best to remember the past, to inform and guide the present in order to create a sustainable future for everyone.
As a leader in the Nipmuc community Dave White envisioned a place where people of Nipmuc heritage could rediscover and reconnect with their natural surroundings in order to offer a balance to the ever increasing distractions and questionably enriching activities, obligations and commitments that now seem to dominate all of our lives.
Having a deep yearning and ever in search to fulfill it, David and Larry’s paths met over 10 years ago. Both on an intertwining quest to show the community of Earth, a better way.
The Nipmuc or “people of the inland fresh water” are those who in ancient times through early colonial times inhabited this region and referred to the surrounding area as “Nichewaug”. Over the years, disease, war and the consequences of conquest, both intentional and unintentional changed the fortune of the Nichewaug Nipmucs as a native community in the area of Nichewaug.
It is important to note even today, Nipmuc people and their families still exist forming an unbroken line of continued residence in their traditional homeland of Central Massachusetts, NW Rhode Island and North Central Connecticut.
Today through this event we mark the first time since the early 1700’s that the Nipmuc people have had a collective community presence in the area of Nichewaug.
As Chairperson on behalf of The Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc.
I Thank you Larry, and our friends at Earthlands and collective communities.
Kuttabotomish Netomp Aquene