Prayer Fires

Danielle Hill, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, tends to a ceremonial fire where she has provided prayers for the tribe in its upcoming court case.

On the night that the Department of the Interior issued an order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s 321 acres of reservation lands, Danielle Hill, a member of the tribe, lit a fire in her back yard in the rain to pray.

“I asked for help, I asked the ancestors for help, the plants and the animals in Mashpee, the water, the ocean, the birds, everything that would be affected by this decision,” Ms. Hill said. In a video post to Facebook, she said she told people “that this fire is here for anyone who wants to come and offer prayers and release any emotions that they are feeling.”

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