Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"N'tolonapemk Our Relatives Places" film screening and discussion

N'tolonapemk Our Relatives Places
Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday - Sept 22 - 7:00PM
216 Hamilton Smith Hall (2nd floor)
University of New Hampshire
95 Main Street - Durham NH 03824

"We Passamaquoddy People have lived on the St. Crox River watershed for ten thousand years or more, since the ice retreated and the rivers flowed in the opposite direction. This film goes back to the beginnings to examine what we know of our early days here and how our lives today reflect the past. It centers on the shores of Meddybemps Lake, at an EPA Superfund cleanup site which was discovered to be the location of an ancient Passamaquoddy village. We now call that settlement N'tolonapemk, which means, 'Our Relatives' Place.' For 9000 years N'tolonapemk was a hub from which our relatives could travel throughout the St. Croix watershed. [This film] travels along the region's waterways, shores and woodlands to reveal its beauty while telling some of the story that Our Relatives' Place has revealed." (Maine Historical Society)

Discussion led by: Donald Soctomah Ph.D., Passamaquoddy, serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, where he works with both the U.S. and Canadian governments on the protection of culturally significant sites, artifacts and knowledge. Donald is an accomplished writer and filmmaker who has authored seven books on Passamaquoddy History and Culture, co-authored three children’s books and written dozens of articles, opinion pieces and position papers on subjects ranging from the cultural significance of the land and water to the decline and mortality of the Red Spruce tree in West Virginia. Donald has served as the tribal historian on films for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet and NPBS. In addition, he Produced or Associate Produced several local films, including: Healing Woods: Native relations with nature; N’Tolompemk: the Story of Passamaquoddy, and; the “History of the PassTribe.” (www.landpeacefoundation.org)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM SCREENING OR THE TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE BEING HELD AT THE BROWNE CENTER SEPT 23rd and 24th. PLEASE CONTACT: MEGHAN HOWEY Meghan.Howey@unh.edu or RICK POULIOT rickpouliot@gedakina.org - Conference schedule can be found at www.gedakina.org and www.neculture.org/indigenous.html