Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Chief Reggie Ceaser and & Tecumseh Ceaser
Chief Reggie Dances With Medicine Ceaser, Sagamore of the Matinecock Turkey Clan, descendent of the Waters Hegeman family, his great uncle being Walter Robert Deer Foot Hegeman, Sagamore, of the Matinecock Turkey clan. He also is a descended of Chief John Standing Waters and Chief James Wild Pildjen who were Chiefs of both the Matinecock and Montaukett. Chief Reggie has lectured at universities and historical organizations and is a well-respected member of his Community.
Tecumseh Ceaser is a Native American jewelry artist and cultural consultant. He is of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wamponowag Pokanaoket band, Montaukett, and Blackfoot descent. Tecumseh is currently the North American Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for Indigenous Americans' rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. He has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions including the Queens Public Library, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Poppenhusen Institute, and New York University.
Matinecock, First Nation of Queens and Long Island:
Members of the Matinecock Tribe of Queens and Long Island, one of the original tribes of the New York and the first people of Flushing, Queens, Chief Reggie and Tecumseh will familiarize students with Matinecock history, culture and customs. Chief Reggie Dances with Medicine Ceaser and Tecumseh Ceaser of the Matinecock Tribe of Queens and Long Island introduce their Native American heritage through interactive learning experiences and discussions to identify New York City's Native American history and perspectives. These presentations serve as a unique educational opportunity by allowing the audience to learn about the original people of the borough of Queens and the local tribes of the metropolitan area. They also create a space to connect with the native people of the land on which many of them live and work each day. Students will also recognize the relationship among Native American culture and land use, acknowledge Matinecock land and demonstrate respect for the rights of others. The presentation offers access to students across various learning modalities including: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. Content areas: history, geography, social studies, music, and foreign language. For Grades: K-8, ideal for Grade 4 Social Studies students.