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Resources for Truth, Healing and Change in Wabanaki Territory

We believe you will find these links to print, video, and web resources helpful in deepening your understanding of the history and current reality of tribal-state relations in this part of Wabanaki territory now called Maine.  We are hopeful that engaging with these gifts will help you acknowledge, respect, and honor Wabanaki sovereignty and develop an appreciation for Wabanaki culture, self-governance, and ways of knowing and being. If you know of any resources you would like to suggest we add to this list, please contact us through our website.    

Maria Girouard (Penobscot):

Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy) Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation in Maine American Friends Service Committee

Rebecca Sockbeson (Penobscot):

 Donna Loring (Penobscot), In the Shadow of the Eagle (2008) 

Donald Soctomah (Passamaquoddy):

  • Passamaquoddy at the Turn of the Century, 1890-1920 (2002)
  • Hard Times at Passamaquoddy, 1921-1950 (2003)
  • Let Me Live as My Ancestors Had, 1850-1890 (2005)
  • Remember Me; Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt (children’s book 2009)

Elizabeth Neptune (Passamaquoddy) Waponahki people: Understanding the gift of legacy YouTube Video (2002)

Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy) Indigenous Existence as Political Resistance YouTube Video (2016)

Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy) What Does "Two-Spirit" Mean? YouTube Video produced by InQueery/ Them. (2018)  

Ma-Nee Chacaby (Ojibwe-Cree) Ma-Nee Chacaby talks about Two Spirit identities YouTube Video (2018)

Ssipsis (Penobscot): Molly Mollasses & Me and Poems, Prayers, and Pathways (1990)

American Friends Service, Wabanaki of Maine and the Maritimes: A resource book about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, (1989) – resource book now out of print but available in most libraries.

Gkisedtanamoogk (Wampanoag) Introduction to the Maine-Wabanaki. YouTube Video (2013)

Gkisedtanamoogk (Wampanoag) & Hancock, Anoqcou - Ceremony is Life Itself. (1993)

Isabelle Knockwood (Mi’kmaw), Out of the Depths: The Experiences of Mi’kmaw Children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, NS (2001)

Daniel N. Paul (Mi’kmaw), We were not the Savages (2000)

Mihku Paul (Maliseet) 20th Century PowWow Playland, Bowman Books, Greenfield, NY (2012)

Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy), An Upriver Passamaquoddy (2007).

Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy) Thanks to the Animals (children’s book, 2005)

Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot) Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, (2018).

Lee Decora Francis (Penobscot) Kunu’s Basket; A Story from Indian Island (children’s book 2012)

Pauleena MacDougall, The Penobscot Dance of Resistance (2004)  

Bunny McBride, Women of the Dawn (1999)

Bunny McBride and Harald Prins:

  • Indians in Eden: Wabanaki and Rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island 1840s – 1920s (2009)
  • From Indian Island to Omaha Beach; the Story of Charles Shay, Penobscot Indian, (2011)

Neil Rolde, Unsettled Past, Unsettled Futures, Tilbury Press (2004)

Siobhan Senier (editor), Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England (2014).

FILM with teacher’s guide: “Dawnland” Mazo, Pender-Cudlip, (2018)

FILM with teacher’s guide: “First Light” Mazo, Pender-Cudlip, (2015)

FILM: “The Penobscot; Ancestral River, Contested Territory” Girouard, DeFrancesco, (2015)

FILM: “Invisible,” Hansen, Westphal, Francis (2004).

FILM: “N’tolonapemk: Our Relations Place – The Passamaquoddy People and the St. Croix River Watershed,” Passamquoddy & Acadia Film Video (2006).

FILM: “Penobscot: The People and their River,” Penobscot Nation & Acadia Film Video

FILM: “Wabanaki: A New Dawn,” Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (1995) accessible on-line

Akomawk Educational Initiative is dedicated to furthering knowledge of Native America through innovative learning approaches designed to impact how we teach history and contemporary social issues. ​

American Indian Quarterly, edited by Devon A. Mihesuah, accessible on-line, is a leading Native scholarly journal highlighting native studies, sovereignty, and the survival of native nations.

Oyate, a native-run informative website particularly useful for educators seeking to identify appropriate books and resources about Native Americans.