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We’re Still Here: Indigenous Contemporary Lifeways

Dawnland Voices Book Group (2nd Offering)

January- February WEDNESDAY 5-7 in the Seminar Room or Curtis Underground

Please join us for a bookgroup reading Dawnland Voices. Zoe Cioffi and Mia Beale of the MidCoast Indigenous Awareness Group will be facilitating a reading group of  “Dawnland Voices.” Each one of the five sessions will examine a different Maine tribe.

MIAG (Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group https://www.facebook.com/Midcoast-Indigenous-Awareness-Group-MIAG-146441232624930/) invites you to join us for a new Book Discussion Group beginning early this November! We will be reading: “Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing From New England”. The scope and content of this book is wide ranging- all writings are by local Indigenous authors, encompassing everything from 17th century writings to contemporary poetry- the content varying from tribe to tribe. Along with the introduction we will be covering the chapters of writings from the five native communities within the state of Maine: Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy. This book group is open to everyone!

To register, please find this event on Facebook at Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group MIAG or call the Curtis Library Main Desk @ 207-725-5242 x503. We will meet for 5 sessions in the Semminar Room and Curtis Underground at Curtis Memorial Library.

Discussions include sessions on:

  • Wednesday, January 3rd 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room
  • Thursday, January 11th 2017 from 5:30-8 in the Seminar Room
  • Wednesday, January 17th 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room
  • Wednesday, January 24th 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room

Reading Group Instructions

General info: For drop-in participants please have read the book’s main introduction.

Chapters covered in each session:

Session 1  – Review Intro to book and review Mi’kmaq section – Taking a deeper look

Session 2 – Review other sections on Maine tribes – Taking a deeper look (Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki)

Session 3 – Nipmuc – Exploring our interconnected history

Session 4  – Wapanoag – Exploring our interconnected history

Questions to Guide Your Reading:

  • What readings/general concepts affected you most deeply?
  • What surprised you?
  • What personal assumptions were challenged by the readings?

Learn more: http://dawnlandvoices.org/

February  (to meet biweekly)

Thursday, 2/1   Narragansett

Thursday, 2/15  Monhegan

March

Thursday, 3/15 Schaghticoke

Thursday, 3/29  Review of all –  Taking a deeper look

 

 

 

Prior related events:

Dawnland Voices Book Group

November, WEDNESDAY 5-7 in the Seminar Room or Curtis Underground

Please join us for a bookgroup reading Dawnland Voices. Zoe Cioffi and Mia Beale of the MidCoast Indigenous Awareness Group will be facilitating a reading group of  “Dawnland Voices.” Each one of the five sessions will examine a different Maine tribe.

MIAG (Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group https://www.facebook.com/Midcoast-Indigenous-Awareness-Group-MIAG-146441232624930/) invites you to join us for a new Book Discussion Group beginning early this November! We will be reading: “Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing From New England”. The scope and content of this book is wide ranging- all writings are by local Indigenous authors, encompassing everything from 17th century writings to contemporary poetry- the content varying from tribe to tribe. Along with the introduction we will be covering the chapters of writings from the five native communities within the state of Maine: Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy. This book group is open to everyone!

To register, please find this event on Facebook at Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group MIAG or call the Curtis Library Main Desk @ 207-725-5242 x503. We will meet for 5 sessions in the Semminar Room and Curtis Underground at Curtis Memorial Library.

Discussions include sessions on:

  • Wednesday, November 8th 2017 from 5-7 in the Curtis Underground
  • Wednesday, November 15th 2017 from 5-7 in the Curtis Underground
  • Wednesday, November 29th 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room
  • Wednesday, December 6th 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room
  • Wednesday, December 13th 2017 from 5-7 in the Seminar Room

We’re Still Here: Indigenous Contemporary Lifeways

Join us as we host a series of programs led by local and regional tribal members.

Funding for these programs was made possible by generous support from Gedakina and the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group (MIAG).


All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library.

Download the flyer for all programs here werestillhere_allprograms_2017

MODERN NARRATIVES OF SUSTAINABILITY & INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

  • OCTOBER 4TH, WEDNESDAY 6-8 PM
  • Attend a unique lecture by Judy Dow, an educator and basket maker who specializes in sharing Indigenous knowledge and applying her talents to solving contemporary problems.

MAPS AS STORIES

  • OCTOBER 5TH, THURSDAY 1-2:30 PM
  • Join local 5th grade students at a special mapping workshop by Judy Dow to learn history from another perspective. Learn to read the land and map the story the land has to tell.

Flyer for Judy Dow Events 

FILM SCREENING: INVISIBLE

  • OCTOBER 6TH 3:30-5:30 PM
  • Come to a screening of Invisible .

Indigenous Peoples Day

Sponsor MIAG will also be hosting an event to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day October 9th, 2017. All are welcome to join them for A Night of Food and Film In Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day from 6-8 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick.

 

PENOBSCOT: SENSE OF PLACE

OCTOBER 14TH, SATURDAY 6-7 PM

 

Participate in a special workshop, Penobscot: Sense of Place, by James Francis and Jennifer Neptune.

Passadumkeag, Kenduskeag, Katahdin, Sebago, Passagassawakeag, and even Penobscot are words that a local Mainer may be familiar with. But what do they mean? How much is the meaning tied up in a romanticized notion of cultures of the past, and how can we look at it from a cultural worldview that is indigenous to this landscape? To truly understand a sense of Place, one must explore the cultural elements that occupy a given space. By exploring indigenous Penobscot Culture we can broaden our view of the landscape that we (American/Maine Cultural beings) see, and we can imagine a Penobscot Cultural Landscape. “Through Language, the Landscape, and Lore we can re-create a place that is harmonious, rough, and sophisticated. We can imagine a Penobscot Sense of Place.”

 

James Eric Francis Sr. is a historian, geographer, storyteller, photographer, artist, father, husband, and a Penobscot. He is the Director/Tribal Historian of the Penobscot Nation, Cultural and Historic Preservation Department.

Jennifer Neptune is the Coordinator of the Penobscot Nation Museum, an Anthropologist, Maine Guide, Herbalist and award-winning Basket Weaver.

 

 

Hawk Henries Concert – Wednesday June 21, 2:00 PM

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