“Re-Discovering America,” an Interactive Training for Teachers

Are you looking for a creative way to:

  • bring the perspectives of Indigenous peoples into your classroom?
  • teach the history of this continent through the lens of Indigenous peoples’ experience?
  • engage your students in honest reckoning with past and ongoing injustices?
  • consider how you might develop relationships with Indigenous people in your community, based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity?

During this training, you will experience the interactive workshop, “Re-Discovering America,” designed for middle schools and high schools. It will be facilitated in-person by Paula Palmer, co-director of Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, and Gail Melix, Herring Pond Wampanoag. The experiential exercise will be followed by a period for reflection and sharing personal responses. We will conclude with discussion of how you might bring this program into your schools and classrooms.

“Re-Discovering America” is a participatory exercise where students symbolically experience the colonization of North America as the Native peoples and the European colonists experienced it. Though a scripted presentation, students hear the voices of Indigenous leaders and European popes, monarchs, presidents, generals, and historians as the story of colonization unfolds.  They learn about the Doctrine of Discovery and how it was employed to take lands away from non-Christian peoples.  They learn how this Doctrine continues to violate the rights of Indigenous peoples in our country and around the world.  They learn how Indigenous peoples organized to claim their rights through passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the issues that matter most to Native Americans today.

Paula Palmer is co-director of Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, a program of Friends Peace Teams. She coordinates a network of 12 Native American workshop facilitators and 60 non-Native workshop facilitators who present TRR workshops both in-person and online. She is a member of Boulder Meeting, Intermountain Yearly Meeting, and her ministry has been under their spiritual care since 2013. She also calls Quakers to reckon with our history as promoters and operators of Indigenous boarding schools during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Gail Melix is a Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples workshop facilitator. She is an enrolled member of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe of Plymouth, MA, and member of the Sandwich Quaker Meeting of New England Yearly Meeting. Gail serves as co-clerk of the Earth Quakers Justice Team and is a board member of Native Land Conservancy, an Indigenous-led land trust. She carries concerns for climate crisis, environmental justice, racism, and right relationship with Indigenous Peoples. With Paula, she presents programs about the Quaker Indigenous boarding Schools.


May 8, 2023
Monday, 9:00am to 3:00pm EST
@ Friends Center 

In-Person only: $100 pp
[incl breakfast snacks & lunch]

Validated Parking $18

Some sample responses to recent “Re-Discovering America” workshops: