Two local events to mark 4th annual Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 04, 2019

Belfast — Two events are planned to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day) at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

On Monday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana will lead an Indigenous Peoples Day discussion. Dana serves as the appointed tribal ambassador of the Penobscot Nation where she grew up and now rears her two daughters. The ambassador role functions as the government relations position of the Nation and assists the chief with matters in local, state, and federal government.

Dana's greatest accomplishment in her first term was her role in the new Maine laws banning Indian mascots in Maine public schools and universities, along with replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Maine. An elected Tribal Council member before being appointed ambassador, Dana is a 2006 graduate of the University of Maine, where she earned a BA degree in political science.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will show the film, "The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code." This documentary, directed by Sheldon P. Wolfchild, narrated by Buffy Saint-Marie and based on a 2015 book by Steven T. Newcomb, is "the story of historical truth, spirituality, and resistance, told on behalf of the original nations and peoples of Great Turtle Island, and elsewhere on Mother Earth. The Supreme Court, in our name, has used this claimed right of Christian discovery and domination as its underlying rationale for every ruling regarding First Nations, since 1823, to justify domination."

Dwayne Tomah will introduce the film and share his thoughts in a discussion to follow. Tomah is the youngest fluent speaker of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has served on the Tribal Council. He has dedicated his life to working on language and culture preservation.

Tomah has edited the Passamaquoddy dictionary and worked to help create Apple’s Passamaquoddy Language App. He has also worked with Animal Planet on a segment called “Winged Creatures,” highlighting the history of the thunderbird.

Both events are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses. For more information, contact Diane Oltarzewski at 338-1502.



Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana
Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy language and culture preservationist.
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