Dawnland Screening & Live Discussion
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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.
Join film participant Esther Anne of Wabanaki REACH and film senior advisor Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) of the Abbe Museum for a conversation with The BTS Center after the film.
Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at upstanderproject.org
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 | Virtual MICA Presents
This listening video - Blessing of the Creatures - was created to celebrate Earth Day and honor all the creatures, 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. 'Blessing of the Creatures' was created by Vera Francis (Passamaquoddy) and theater artist Marty Pottenger with support from 350 Maine and Sierra Club Maine, the Abbe Museum, Maine Art Commission, Maine Bicentennial Commission, MAP Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program.
- Upstander Project
- Esther Anne
Esther Anne, Passamaquoddy from Sipayik, joined the Muskie School of Public Service in 2003 where she works on projects that engage and benefit tribal communities including facilitating the Maine tribal state Indian Child Welfare Act workgroup and creating child welfare resources with the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. She had a primary role in the creation and establishment of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Esther now serves on the REACH Board of Directors and the Fundraising Development Committee.
- Chris Newell
Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) is Executive Director & Senior Partner to Wabanaki Nations at the Abbe Museum. He is a lifelong educator. He was born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and is a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. He served for six years as the Education Supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Out of the museum, Chris and his museum colleagues co-founded the Akomawt Educational Initiative in response to observations of the public school system and the lack of representation of Native history and social studies. Akomawt's work goes beyond museum walls and into all areas of education, helping institutions incorporate Native content appropriately into their material. Chris was the Senior Adviser on Dawnland. Chris believes education is a path to making the world a better place for all people and looks forward to a better, well-informed future for us all.
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