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Free screening of “Bounty” and “First Light” at the Aquinnah Cultural Center

August 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT


Monday, August 8
7:30 PM at the Aquinnah Circle

Preceded by music performed by Wampanoag tribe member and flutist Carole Vandal

Upstander Project co-founder and learning director Mishy Lesser will introduce the films and lead a discussion after the screening

This is a free, non-ticketed event presented in partnership with the Upstander Project; these films are part of its Dawnland series


Dirs. Dawn Neptune Adams (Penobscot), Maulian Dana (Penobscot), Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip, and Tracy Rector | Documentary Short | U.S.A. | 2021 | 9 min.

This film reveals the hidden story of the Phips Proclamation, one of many government-issued scalp-bounty proclamations used to exterminate Native people in order to take their land in what is now New England. In the film, Penobscot parents and children resist erasure and commemorate survival by reading and reacting to the proclamation’s call for colonial settlers to hunt, scalp, and murder Penobscot people.


Dirs. Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip | Documentary Short | U.S.A. | 2021 | 13 min.

For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes and nations, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. This film documents these practices, from the 1800s to today, and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine.

This is a free, non-ticketed event produced by Circuit Arts and the Aquinnah Cultural Center


August 8, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
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