Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
GEDAKINA

GEDAKINA (pronounced /g' dah keen nah/ and meaning, "Our world, a way of life" in the Wabanaki language) was formally organized and incorporated in 2002. Gedakina is a Native American led organization that provides life enhancing opportunities for youth, women and their families from New England’s rural, urban and reservation communities.

Our vision is to develop new ways of reaching our constituency, rooted in traditional cultural teachings and values, which will provide them with skills and resources to better navigate the challenges they face in a changing landscape. Our initiatives focus on leadership development, community health & wellness, sustainable food systems, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (ITEK), healthy relationships, education & literacy, and cultural artistic survival.

Our approach emphasizes interconnected activities to reach Native American youth, women and families, with clear recognition that the challenges that they face on a daily basis are also interconnected. We incorporate an intergenerational approach, involving Elders, youth and community members with a wide range of experience and knowledge; we believe that everyone has wisdom to share and that we can always learn from each other.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Rick
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 2363
Amherst, MA 01004
Physical Address: 
PO BOX 2363
Amherst, MA 01004
Last Name: 
Pouliot
Phone: 
413-549-1320

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Non-Arts / Non-Humanities
Year Founded: 
2002
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Community Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Curriculum Development
Exhibitions
Film Showings
Preservation / Conservation
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
12
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region