History & Context

Earthdance occupies the ancestral lands of the Nipmuc, Agawams, Pocumtuc, Wabanaki Confederacy, the land of the Mohican Indians. These lands were stolen by a government which also enslaved Black Americans and reaps the benefits of exploitative capitalism and genocide. The original stewards of these lands and resources still exist today and may we not forget the way culture, land and life theft continues to impact the Black & Indigenous people living in the United States currently. The Mohican Indians were the stewards of food including corn, squash, beans and tobacco. This land is native to animals such as white-tail deer, racoons, bears, moose, and fish. Tree species of birch, elm, maple, oak and pine are also native to this land; here then, now and in continued presence.

Earthdance began in 1986, when a group of dancers and artists in Boston joined together to cultivate a place for creative expression.

Purchasing 175 acres of land in the glorious Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, they planted the seeds of community. Today, Earthdance is an internationally recognized presenter of workshops, contact improvisation jams, performances, and community events, drawing thousands of people to the area each year. People cherish Earthdance as a home, and our volunteer program draws creative individuals from all over the world who are interested in contributing to community, dance, art, and the running of a vibrant nonprofit organization.

For more on Earthdance history, visit the Articles Section.