The group will spend the day walking from Concord to the Cambridge Friends Meeting House.
Join us for a potluck at 6pm and a screening at 7pm of the documentary “Dawnland
“, a powerful feature documentary film going inside Maine’s truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans in foster care.
The film will be followed by a discussion with Mishy Lesser, Learning Director for the Upstander Project
, producers of the film.
The Peace Walk through Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island seeks to learn and acknowledge the largely unspoken history of what colonization has been for Native Peoples of New England. As we walk together, we open our hearts and minds to transformation within, in order to work towards the transformation without. It is the fourth in a five-year series of walks leading up 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.
We find great guidance and inspiration from our longtime associate gkisedtanamoogk, Wampanoag, who has shared a message for this walk:
“This Commemorative Walk initiates the energetic vibratory shift, transcending present realities to the monumental Healing so much needed… As we open our Hearts to this Walk we open our bodies to Divine Healing, with every step, with every breath. To do so, sets the intention and will to openly transform what waits to what the Wampanoag and the many other Indigenous Nations understood: the Way of Life is the Way of living with the Sacred. The alternative coming here was the alternative to living with the Sacred.…”
Dawnland (2018) is a documentary about the forced removal of Wabanaki children by Maine’s child welfare system as part of a systematic effort to coercively assimilate them into white dominant culture, in violation of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (1978). After ICWA’s passage, Native children in Maine were 19 times more likely to be taken by child welfare than white children.
The film tells the story of the truth and reconciliation commission that was created in Maine by Wabanaki mothers, grandmothers, social workers, and their allies, to give victim-survivors of forced removal a chance to tell their stories, often for the first time. Child welfare professionals were also invited to give testimony before the commission. The combined statements of those victimized by this abuse of state power and those who worked for the state and took the children form the narrative arc of the film, together with breathtaking unseen historic footage. The Boston Globe called the film “riveting.” It aired nationally on PBS on Independent Lens in 2018. Watch the trailer
For more information contact Tim Bullock 413-485-8469
email – firstname.lastname@example.org