Dawnland Screening and Q&A

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June 16, 2022
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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. National News & Documentary Emmy® award winning film 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.

The screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by an hour-long Q&A with three speaker panelists associated with the film.

Video Descriptions

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.

Dawnland 54mins (OVEE Screening)

120 minutes

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    Upstander Project

Participants

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    Mishy Lesser

    Panelist

    Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., (she/her) is the learning director for Upstander Project and an Emmy® award-winning researcher. Mishy has authored Upstander Project’s many learning and viewer guides. 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. She is a descendant of Ashkenazi Jews whose ancestral language is Yiddish and liv

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    Chris Newell

    Panelist

    Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) (he/him) is the director of education at the Akomawt Educational Initiative. He is a lifetime 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 colleagues founded the Akomawt Educational Initiative in response to the public school system’s lack of representation of Native history and social studies. Chris was the senior adviser on Dawnland.

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    gkisedtanamoogk

    Panelist

    gkisedtanamoogk (key-said-TAH-NAH-mook) (Mashpee Wampanoag) (he/his) is from the community of Mashpee located on what is currently called Cape Cod in Massachusetts. He served as co-chair of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor with the Native American Studies Program and the Peace and Reconciliation Programs on the Orono campus of the University of Maine for more than a decade.

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