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VIRTUAL EVENT: Dawnland and Dear Georgina Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q&A

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Registration is requested
Free and open to the public

For this event we will be using our partners virtual platform to stream the event.


Dawnland & Dear Georgina Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q&A

In partnership with the Upstander Project in honor of Indigenous People's Day

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations. In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Join filmmaker Adam Mazo, producer N. Bruce Duthu (Houma), educator and linguist Roger Paul (Passamaquoddy), and Akomawt Educational Initiative founding member endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) for a live Q & A after the films. This screening is a celebration of Indigenous People's Day. Learn more about the films and watch the trailer at

Note the screening begins with the 54-minute broadcast edition of DAWNLAND followed by DEAR GEORGINA.

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

Welcoming Videos and Film Introduction | 8:00 PM - 8:10 PM

Dawnland Film (Emmy®-winning broadcast edition) | 8:11 PM - 8:55 PM

Dear Georgina Film | 8:55 PM - 9:10 PM

Film Team Q&A | 9:10 PM - 10:00 PM


Professor N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor (and former Chair) of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008. He earned his BA degree in religion and Native American studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law at Vermont Law School where he also served as the law school's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and as inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, and the University of Trento in northern Italy.

Professor Duthu is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Plurism (Oxford University Press 2013) and American Indians and the Law (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005), the leading treatise in the field of federal Indian law. He co-edited a special volume of South Atlantic Quarterly, "Sovereignty, Indigeneity and the Law," that won the 2011 CELJ (Council of Editors of Learned Journals) award for Best Special Issue. He has lectured on indigenous rights in various parts of the world, including Russia, China, Bolivia, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Professor Duthu is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana. He and his wife, Hilde Ojibway, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Adam Mazo is the director of the Upstander Project and an Emmy® Award-winning social issue documentarian. His feature-length and short films are the core part of the Upstander Academy curriculum. Adam co-directed and produced First Light (Camden International Film Festival) and Dawnland (PBS/Independent Lens), about the Maine-Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first government-sanctioned TRC in U.S. history. In September 2019, Dawnland won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Research. Adam is the director and producer of African Academy Award-nominee Coexist (PBS’s WORLD Channel), about the complexity of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. His films have been broadcast on domestic and international television, programmed at film festivals and international conferences, and screened at universities, middle and high schools, where they are also often used in curricula. Originally from Minnesota, Adam lives with his family in the territory of the Massachusett people in the place now called Boston.


Roger Paul was born in Motahkomikuk to an unwed Passamaquoddy mother who crossed over to the spirit world.  His Maliseet father knew he had to disperse the children to protect them from the colonizing authorities. While growing up on various reservations throughout Maine and New Brunswick, he was shuttled between the communities to protect him.  His older brothers and sister were not as fortunate.  They were taken and sent to the residential school at Shubenecadie. Roger grew up speaking the local Wabanaki dialects and began learning English around the age of five.  He soon realized the public’s lack of understanding and connection to the indigenous peoples and especially those of northeastern North America.  He has since chosen a path to help educate anyone interested, about the importance of indigenous Wabanaki People and their vital role in the communities in which they are ever-present.  Roger is presently a masters student at MIT and working as a Wabanaki Languages teacher with the Penobscot Nation, the University of Maine at Orono, and the University of Southern Maine.  He takes an active and diligent role towards the preservation, continuing growth, and prosperity of the Wabanaki language, culture, and people.


endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) is the director of outreach and programming and founding member of the Akomawt Educational Initiative, an Indigenous education and interpretive consultancy. She is the co-director of the Upstander Academy and a lead facilitator of the Upstander Academy. Impassioned about the diverse and complex intersections of Native American narratives and museums, she has worked with and for Native communities and museums across the country. endawnis also worked in the education, marketing and development departments of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Originally from Camp Verde, Arizona, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband Cassius Spears Jr., and their four children, Nizhoni, Sowaniu, Giizghig and Tishominko.



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