Two Local Showings of Dawnland in May https://upstanderproject.org/dawnland
“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. In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.”
Sunday, May 5, 1:30. p.m., 1st of three films featured that day, part of the 17th Annual Anti-Racism Film Festival, All Souls UU Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield, MA. Child care. Donations appreciated. For more information call 413-772-0003
Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst, $7.50, amherstcinema.org. Includes a panel discussion. Sponsored by the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Commentary. Kristine@karunacenter.org
Saturday, May 18, Day of Remembrance: Commemoration of 343rd anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre, 1 — 3:30 P.M., Open Circle. Native and Non-Native people invited to share. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA Details to be announced. Co-sponsored by DCR
Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Stone Prayers, presentation by Curtiss Hoffman, Ph.D., author of the newly published book, of that title. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Ave. A, Turners Falls MA. Co-sponsored by DCR
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, Unity Park Riverfront, 1st St., Turners Falls, MA. The Kingfiisher Singers, Hawk Henries, Joseph and Jesse Buchac, Lee “Mixashawn” Rozie, Kerri Helme, childrens’ activities, and more. Witness the carving of a dugout canoe from a white pine log with traditional fire carving and scraping by a team from the Aquinnah Wampanoag. Vendors, educators, authors, archaeologists, ceremonial stones expert, demonstration of primitive skills, Native American food vendor, etc. Welcoming and interesting for all ages. Donations appreciated.
This program is sponsored in part by grants from the Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Heath, Leyden, Montague, Northfield, Orange,Shelburne Falls, and Warwick CulturalCouncils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.