Dawnland: Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers

Dawn in the Penobscot

Starts:  2/13/2019  6:00 PM
Ends: 2/13/2019 8:00 PM
Location: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

"My foster mother told me … she would save me from being Penobscot."

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

Friars Leaders presents an exclusive screening of DAWNLAND: a documentary that delves deep into the practice of indigenous child removal in the United States and its devastating impact on Native American families. The stories of the Wabanaki tribes are uncovered and shared through the investigation of the first government-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation commission in the state of Maine.

The screening will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A with Adam Mazo (filmmaker), Esther Anne (co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH), and Mishy Lesser (Learning Director of the Upstander Project).

RSVP to Dawnland at ugprogram@simmons.edu.