Native American

This is a special Indigenous People's Day rebroadcast of an earlier show (Nov 5, 2018); no calls will be taken.

The Emmy-winning documentary "Dawnland" is about cultural survival and stolen children. It offers an inside look at the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans, which took place in Maine.

A new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society examines the experiences of the First People of Maine: the Wabanaki. Our panel explores the Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans. They'll also discuss reciprocity through the topics of self-governance, trading, the environment and resource management, basketmaking, and medicine and health.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 16 at 11:00 pm

This film presents the many examples of Petroglyphs in Maine, who made them, why they were made and what they mean.

In Maine, the Native Americans began carving images into stone ledges beginning about 3,000 years ago. These petroglyphs, probably the work of shamans, were used as metaphors of the spirit quest or to help memorize chants. Because the petroglyphs had powerful spiritual qualities, they were avoided by the uninitiated.