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Join Us Mon. May 22 6 - 7:30 pm

Join Chief Barry Dana for a Wabanaki Conversation

Monday, May 22 6 - 7:30 pm at the Morrell Room,

Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

The discussion is free and open to the public.

We're grateful to the Nathaniel Davis Fund, the Senter Fund, the Leonard C. and Mildred Ferguson Foundation, and the Lunder Foundation for providing funding to support Chief Dana's 5th Grade residency and this program. 

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Dana is the former Chief of the Penobscot Nation, culture preservationist, long time

educator and teacher, and professional basketmaker. He was raised learning traditional

skills and values from tribal elders and now teaches students about

Wabanaki art and culture throughout the state.

He is our 5th Grade resident artist.

Land Acknowledgement:


Revised June 13, 2023


Arts Are Elementary operates on the stolen homeland of the Wabanaki, People of the Dawnland.  Today, the four tribes in the place we now call Maine are the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Mi'kmaq, known collectively as the Wabanaki. Each tribal community maintains its own government, schools, cultural center and its respective lands and natural resources. It is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these Tribal Nations.


We extend our respect and gratitude to Wabanaki people, ancestral, contemporary, and future, as we acknowledge the painful legacy of the region’s colonial history. We commit to better understanding it, while also celebrating the vibrancy of Indigenous cultures and working to build a more inclusive community. 


Arts Are Elementary commits to learning an honest history of this land and acknowledges the historic and ongoing harms to Wabanaki people. We invite you to consider finding ways of honoring and supporting Indigenous Nations and communities here and throughout the world.  

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