Dickinson's Birds

A Listening Machine


Please be advised that this site is under active construction and has not officially launched. Many changes are underway, often on a monthly basis. We’ll be posting periodic status updates.

In the meantime, please enjoy watching our evolution and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

– The Curators

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I. Dickinson's Birds: Overview
II. Reading Coordinates + Navigation Notes
III. Project Documentation + Related Writings
IV. Mesh-Works: Sources + Resources
V. Visitors' Field Notes
VI. Colophon

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Land Acknowledgment

We humbly acknowledge that the world evoked by dickinsonsbirds.org is that of the Kwinitekw, or Middle River Valley, a geologically ancient rift valley created by the breaking apart of the supercontinent Pangea 175 million years ago along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. When the glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age, birds soon arrived, making their dwellings in or migrating through the corridor of the “Long Tidal River” dividing two systems of mountains. Later, sometime around 11,000 years ago, humans joined them, following, perhaps, their visible and invisible song-lines, the skein of interconnected routes they traced across swathes of land- and sky. Never terra nullius, among the earliest Indigenous peoples to inhabit these coordinates are the Nonotuck and their neighbors: the Nipmuc and the Wampanoag to the East, the Mohegan and Pequot to the South, the Mohican to the West, and the Abenaki to the North. We are guests in the sovereign territories of these peoples and of others whose names a murderous history has not passed down to us. We wish to express gratitude for their ancient stewardship of this site, for their continued presence in and preservation of it, and for their vital care of all living things, human and non-human, rendered acutely vulnerable by the forces of the Anthropocene.[1]

[1] In forming this acknowledgement, we are especially indebted to all those who helped to compose Map by Native Land Digital, a map of Indigenous Nations of Massachusetts, https://native-land.ca  

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For more information, or to contribute to dickinsonsbirds.org, please write mwerner7@luc.edu / marta.werner@gmail.com

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