Events downtown

Apr 18

DAWNLAND Maine Historical Society | 489 Congress Street 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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We invite you to join us for a special screening of DAWNLAND: A Documentary about Cultural Survival and Stolen Children, followed by an engaging panel discussion with filmmakers from The Upstander Project and Maine-Wabanaki REACH.

For most of the 20th century, US government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, 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. The feature-length, award-winning documentary DAWNLAND follows Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. The film’s groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

This screening is one of many programs related to our exhibition HOLDING UP THE SKY featured in our main gallery from April 12, 2019 to February 1, 2020.

Free and open to the public