presented by Fruitlands Museum , The Trustees, & Upstander Project

September 30, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Free event
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Join the Emmy winning team behind DAWNLAND for a special digital screening of FIRST LIGHT and DEAR GEORGINA presented in partnership with Fruitlands Museum and The Trustees.

For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light documents these practices from the 1800s to today and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine. As revealed in FIRST LIGHT in 2015 the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that Native people in Maine continue to be targets of “cultural genocide.”

In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Join the filmmaker Adam Mazo, learning director Mishy Lesser, co-director of the Upstander Academy, and endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw), co-director of the Akomawt Educational Initiative for a discussion moderated by Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) on historical and intergenerational trauma and the role educators and museums can fill in shifting the colonial narrative and centering on Indigenous perspectives.

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