DAWNLAND

A feature length documentary with screenings across New England and special episode of Independent Lens airing on November 5 at 10:00 pm on Maine Public Television.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:

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.

Father and child, Indian Island, Maine
Credit Ben Pender-Cudlip / Upstander Project

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

SCREENINGS:

For a list of screenings of DAWNLAND, click HERE.

MAINE PUBLIC SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION:

Maine Public will be partnering with the Dawnland filmmaker and hold a screening that will include a panel discussion moderated by Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks and Susan Sharon. The event will take place on Friday, November 16 at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Navajo children, June 19, 1929
Credit University of South Carolina

DAWNLAND and MAINE PUBLIC NEWS

DAWNLAND will be a topic heard throughout the fall on Maine Public and will be the topic of a special Maine Calling episode hosted by Jennifer Rooks on Monday November 5 at 1:00 pm on Maine Public Radio.

DAWNLAND ON INDEPENDENT LENS

DAWNLAND will be show as an episode of Independent Lens on Monday November 5 at 10:00 pm on Maine Public Television.