Dawnland Screening & 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 filmmaker Adam Mazo, learning director Mishy Lesser, and TRC commissioner gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag) for a live Q&A moderated by Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) 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 - 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.
- Upstander Project
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