Dawnland Signals 6/17/21: Reclamation of Wabanaki culture and language

Producers/Hosts: Maria Girouard, Esther Anne
Engineer: Jeffrey Hotchkiss

Critical conversations of truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland: Return to the Teachings 3

Return to the Teachings 3: Reclamation of Wabanaki culture and language

-Natives were legally prohibited from practicing their culture
-There are many ways to preserve and reclaim culture
-The beauty and brilliance of Wabanaki languages

Guest: John Dennis, Miqmaw, Cultural Coordinator and Cultural and Historical Preservation Officer for the Mi’kmaq Nation.

About the hosts:

Esther Anne, is a Passamaquoddy from Sipayik who lives on Indian Island and serves on the Wabanaki REACH Board of Directors.

Maria Girouard, Penobscot from Indian Island, is Executive Director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a statewide organization working toward truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland. Maria is a tribal historian with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Maine and a special interest in the Maine Indian Land Claims. Maria has devoted years to community organizing, environmental stewardship and activism, and growing food in tribal communities.