Dawnland & Dear Georgina
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For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.
Join Akomawt Educational Initiative's endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) and film producer Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) for a conversation and Q&A after the film moderated by Indian Country Today's Associate Editor, Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk). In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the conversation will focus on mental health for Native mothers.
Learn more about the films and watch the trailer at upstanderproject.org.
Note the screening begins with the 54-minute broadcast edition of DAWNLAND followed by DEAR GEORGINA
EVENT SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)
7:00 PM - 7:10 PM
Welcoming Videos and Film Introduction
7:11 PM - 8:05 PM
Dawnland Film (Emmy®-winning broadcast edition)
8:06 PM - 8:20 PM
Dear Georgina Film
8:21 PM - 9:00 PM
Film Team Q & A
Thank you to the following organizations for supporting the creation of DAWNLAND and DEAR GEORGINA:
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Vision Maker Media
The Charles G Wright Endowment For Humanity
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
Schwab Charitable Fund
The Mara & Ricky Sandler Foundation
Maine Humanities Council
The LEF Foundation
Maine Community Foundation
Points North Institute
and all our generous Kickstarter backers!
Dawnland Trailer 2018
NATIONAL BROADCAST: November 2018 on Independent Lens on PBS. Local listings here: www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/dawnland/ OFFICIAL WEBSITE: dawnland.org SCREENINGS: dawnland.org/screenings FACEBOOK: facebook.com/dawnlandmovie INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/dawnlandmovie TWITTER: twitter.com/DawnlandMovie SYNOPSIS: For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
Abbe Museum Video
Blessing of the Creatures - MAINEUSA, sung by Vera Francis (Passamaquoddy).
We created this “Blessing of the Creatures'', to celebrate Earth Day and honor all the creatures of the Earth, including us humans. The Passamaquoddy Drum Song was reunited with the Passamaquoddy people through recordings that were made in 1890 on wax cylinders. It is held in reverence as one of the most ancient songs and offered here as a Blessing of the Creatures. This ‘Blessing of the Creatures’ begins a community performance project called ‘MAINEUSA: the history of Maine from the Ice Age till Now’. As soon as it is possible to gather together again safely, you are invited to join the performance...here in Maine...with puppets, music, dance and lots of stories. More to explore at www.maineusa.us. If you are able to contribute, please consider helping an organization that needs your support. Donations to Wabanaki Health and Wellness (www.wabanakihw.org) can be made at bit.ly/3cFFApV. This now-virtual Blessing of the Creatures was created by Vera Francis, (Passamaquoddy) and theater artist Marty Pottenger. A project of arts nonprofit Art At Work, MAINEUSA was scheduled to premiere in July 2020, but has been postponed due to Covid-19. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors - 350 Maine and Sierra Club Maine - and our partners, volunteers, the City of South Portland, Maine Art Commission, Maine Bicentennial Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program.
Dawnland 54mins (OVEE Screening)
Dear Georgina (OVEE Screening)
Thank You for Watching Dear Georgina
- endawnis Spears
endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) is the director of outreach and programming and founding member of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, an Indigenous education and interpretive consultancy. She is the co-director of the Upstander Academy and a lead facilitator of the Upstander Academy. Impassioned about the diverse and complex intersections of Native American narratives and museums, she has worked with and for Native communities and museums across the country. endawnis also worked in the education, marketing and development departments of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Originally from Camp Verde, Arizona, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband Cassius Spears Jr., and their four children, Nizhoni, Sowaniu, Giizghig and Tishominko.
- Tracy Rector
Tracy Rector (Multicultural) is Managing Director for Storytelling at Nia Tero and was the impact producer for Dawnland. She comes with a passion for amplifying and empowering Indigenous voices. She brings two decades of experience as a community organizer, educator, filmmaker, film programmer, and arts curator, all infused with her deep roots in plant medicine. For the last 17 years she has directed and produced over 400 films including shorts, features, music videos, and virtual reality projects. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, ImagineNative, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, as well as at international film festivals including Cannes and Toronto. Tracy is in her second term as a Seattle Arts Commissioner, sits on the board of the Mize Foundation, and is the co-founder of Longhouse Media.
- Vincent Schilling (moderator)
Vincent Schilling is the Executive Vice President and co-owner of Schilling Media, Inc. a Native American owned Media and Media Relations Corporation in Virginia. He is an enrolled Akwesasne Mohawk, an Award-winning Native American author and an Award-winning Photojournalist; and a Motivational and Diversity Public Speaker that has traveled all over the United States and Canada. In 2011, he was given a human rights award in the city of Virginia Beach by the Mayor for his work and programs created about Native American issues. Vincent Schilling is also the co-host of Native Trailblazers, an online indigenous radio program which airs every Friday at 8 p.m. EST. In 2008, Vincent Schilling began as a correspondent with Indian Country Today and remained a consistent contributor of stories, photography and video, until 2015. That year Vincent Schilling was named the Arts and Entertainment, Sports and Pow Wows editor for Indian Country Today. Today he serves as Associate Editor.
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