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Dawnland : a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children  Cover Image DVD DVD

Dawnland : a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children

Mazo, Adam, (film director,, film producer.). Pender-Cudlip, Ben, (film director,, cinematographer.). Duthu, N. Bruce, (film producer.). Salerno, Kristen, (editor of moving image work.). Kreisberg, Jennifer, (composer (expression)). Upstander Project, (production company.). Principle Pictures (Firm), (production company.). Unrendered Films, (production company.). Center for Independent Documentary, (production company.). Tugg Inc., (publisher.).

Summary: "For decades, child welfare authorities have been forcibly removing Native American children from their homes to 'save' them from being Indian. [As of 1974, at least 1 in 4 Native American children nationwide had been separated from their families]. In Maine, the first official 'truth and reconciliation commission' in the United States begins an unprecedented investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body deals with difficult truths, questions the meaning of reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations"--Container.

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  • ISBN: 9780986011573
  • ISBN: 0986011576
  • Physical Description: videodisc
    1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color, with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Austin, Texas] : Tugg EDU, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A documentary about cultural survival and stolen children"--Disc label.
Title listed on film just before credits at 1:21.
"Maine-Wabanaki REACH: Reconciliation - Advocacy - Change - Healing"--Maine-Wabanaki REACH web site.
"Special thanks to all who provided statements to the commission. Read their statements and the full report at:"--Credits.
Formatted Contents Note: 1974, Washington D.C. -- Fundamental question -- Motahkomikuk -- "Ten little indians" -- The commission -- Statement gathering -- Sacred fire -- People of the dawn -- Thruth commissions -- Reach -- Slow progress? -- The vault -- 1974, part 2 -- Child welfare -- Culture -- Dawn -- Indian days -- Mi'kma'kik -- Sipayik -- Upstairs, downstairs -- 500 years -- White privilege -- Indian island -- Healing circle -- Commisioners pivot -- Statements -- Cultural genocide -- Fire keepers.
Creation/Production Credits Note: Director of photography, Ben Pender-Cudlip ; editor, Kristen Salerno ; original music, Jennifer Kreisberg ; executive producers, Beth Murphy, Heather Rae.
System Details Note:
DVD-R ; NTSC, all regions ; widescreen (16x9) ; Stereo.
Language Note:
Closed captioned.
Soundtrack in English, with optional subtitles in French or Spanish, optional open captions in English.
Awards Note:
Cleveland International Film Festival, Official Selection.
Subject: Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Abenaki Indians Maine
Abenaki Indians Maine Ethnic identity
Abenaki Indians Maine Social conditions
Truth commissions Maine
Truth commissions Social aspects Maine
Child welfare Maine
Indian foster children Maine
Abenaki Indians Legal status, laws, etc
Indian reservations Maine
Abenaki Indians
Child welfare
Indian foster children
Indian reservations
Truth commissions
Genre: Documentary films
Educational films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Educational films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Northwest Indian College.


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Lummi Library DVD 999 E 99 .A13 D39 2018 679909 DVD Available -

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