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About Us


David Two Arrows Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wôpanâak elder, was born and raised on the island of Nôepe (Martha’s Vineyard). David co-founded Sassafras Earth Education in 2003, he is an avid hunter, fisherman, naturalist, and open fire chef. David has facilitated webinars and conferences on topics like decolonization, truth in history, cultural appropriation, racism, and acknowledging the role of the first peoples. David is recognized in his community as a leader and holder of Wôpanâak history, legends, and traditionalist knowledge.


Saskia Vanderhoop was born and raised in the Netherlands, and she moved to the US in 1998 where she married David Vanderhoop, an Aquinnah Wôpanâak. Together they founded Sassafras Earth Education in 2003, where she has worked for 20 years in multiple directive functions in both office and field. Saskia is a mentor, educator, organizer, public speaker, and naturalist. She loves to work outdoors with people of all ages, and speaking truth to power. She is deeply committed to respecting the earth, the first people of this continent, and all peoples by creating a more balanced and equitable human experience.



Sassafras Earth Education was founded in 2003 with a mission to offer programs, events and trainings that reconnect youth and adults to the earth through native mentoring practices, to create a truly equitable community space, and to restore earth-based regenerative indigenous cultures.

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