Dawnland & Dear Georgina
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This screening is a celebration of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (Aug 9) and International Youth Day (Aug 12)
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 author Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq), NIEA board member Jaylyn Suppah (Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs), filmmaker Adam Mazo, and Upstander Project Learning Director Mishy Lesser for a live Q & A after the films. The discussion will be moderated by Claudia Tekina'ru Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness.
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)
8:00 PM - 8:10 PM
Welcoming Videos and Film Introduction
8:11 PM - 8:55 PM
Dawnland Film (Emmy®-winning broadcast edition)
8:55 PM - 9:10 PM
Dear Georgina Film
9:10 PM - 10:00 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.
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.
Thank You for Watching Dear Georgina
- Upstander Project
- Claudia A. Fox Tree (Moderator)
Professional educator, Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein) teaches courses and workshops on transforming curriculum and culturally responsive teaching practices. She also leads conversations “un-erasing” Native American First Nations People (FNP). She gives voice to First Nation experiences (past and present) and asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her. Her presentation features discussions on identity, culture, contributions, stereotypes, and historical inaccuracies.
- Leilani Sabzalian
Dr. Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and the Co-Director of the Sapsik'wałá (Teacher) Education Program at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on creating spaces to support Indigenous students and Indigenous self-determination in public schools, and preparing teachers to challenge colonialism in curriculum, policy, and practice. She is also dedicated to improving Indigenous education in the state of Oregon by serving on the American Indian/Alaska Native State Advisory Committee and advocating for legislation such as Senate Bill 13, which mandates curriculum on tribal history and sovereignty in all K-12 public schools in Oregon. Dr. Sabzalian's first book, Indigenous Children's Survivance in Public Schools, uses storytelling to document the ways colonialism continues to shape educational policy and practice, and foster educators’ anticolonial literacy and commitment to supporting Indigenous students in public schools. Her latest book, Teaching Crticially About Lewis and Clark: Challenging Dominant Narratives in K-12 Curriculum, co-authored with Drs. Alison Schmitke and Jeff Edmundson, complicates the Corps of Discovery and promotes students' active and critical engagement with history.
- Jaylyn Suppah
Jaylyn is a mother, educator, advocate for social justice, equitable education and a member of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs (CTWS). She was raised in Simnasho, Oregon and is a traditional food gatherer for her Tribe. Her passion is decolonizing education for herself, her children, her community and always looks for ways to incorporate her culture into her home, classroom and programming. Jaylyn works for the CTWS as the Community Planner for the Health & Human Services branch advocating and advancing health equity practices and policies. She currently serves on the National Indian Education Association board where she uses her voice to work towards equitable education for all students. She developed the Papalaxsimisha program which incorporates historical trauma, healing, self-identity, cultural awareness, high school readiness, college and career readiness in a curriculum she and two other native teachers developed. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College. Her background includes Cultural Awareness trainer, Traditional Health Worker, youth mentor, historical trauma facilitator, curriculum development and youth program development.
- Mishy Lesser
Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., is the learning director for the Upstander Project and Education Fellow at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is co-director of the Upstander Academy, a weeklong professional learning experience for teachers and museum educators that focuses on genocide, decolonization, and developing the skills of upstanders. Currently Dr. Lesser spends much of her time researching and writing the teachers' and viewers' guides for Dear Georgina and Bounty. Mishy authored the twelve-lesson Dawnland Teacher's Guide to help students explore the relationship between the taking of the land and the taking of the children, as well as authoring the four-lesson Coexist Teacher’s Guide to promote learning about the complexity of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. She is a Circle Keeper and has been featured on WBUR (Boston) and PRI/BBC’s The World. Mishy was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and spent 12 years learning and working in the Andes.
- Adam Mazo
Adam Mazo is an Emmy® award-winning filmmaker and the director of the Upstander Project. He co-founded the Upstander Project with Mishy Lesser in 2009. He is the co-director and producer of the Emmy® award-winning feature-length film, Dawnland (Independent Lens, Woods Hole Jury Award for Best Documentary 2018), First Light (Camden International Film Festival 2016) and Dear Georgina (Camden International Film Festival 2019). Adam directed and produced Coexist (WORLD Channel, Africa Movie Academy Award Nominee 2014), and he is currently co-directing and producing the upcoming short Bounty. His films have been broadcast on domestic and international television, programmed at film festivals and international conferences, and screened at universities, middle and high schools, where they are also often used in curricula. He is originally from Minnesota, graduated from the University of Florida, and now lives with his wife and sons in the territory of the Massachusett people in the place known as Boston.
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