2020 Annual Meeting – Know Your Land

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  • 2020 Annual Meeting - Know Your Land
    November 15, 2020
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us via Zoom for our 2020 Annual Meeting:

Know Your Land – The Indigenous Landscape of Brunswick-Topsham.

The event, held virtually, will focus on understanding historic and contemporary Wabanaki connections to the land in our region. We welcome speakers Joseph Hall, Associate Professor of History at Bates College, and Kerry Hardy, author of  Notes on a Lost Flute. (Scroll down for more about our speakers). They will share their research and insights on the indigenous landscape of our region.  

Hardy will talk about local place names and how any wanderer might spot the pre-colonial history on the landscape. He will also share how native words provide insight into how the tribes of Maine did (and do) interact with the natural world.   

Hall will bring us into the colonial era and consider how contact between the tribes and European colonizers shaped contemporary Wabanaki and white societies. He will describe how the indigenous concept of the landscape as a network has persisted for the tribes well into the current era and is not an historical idea from centuries past.  

We look forward to a discussion in which we can consider how to ask the right questions and work together to better understand  our engagement with the land.

SPECIAL BONUS! When you register for this event you will receive a code allowing you to watch Dawnland, an award-winning documentary about Wabanaki cultural survival and stolen children that every Mainer should see. We encourage you to watch the film in advance of the meeting. Click here to view the trailer and learn more about the film.


Meeting Agenda 

  • 4:00 Updates on Accomplishments of the Past Year 
  • 4:30 Brief Business Meeting 
  • 4:45 Introduction of Speakers and Film (you are encouraged to watch in advance) 
  • 5:00-6:00 Speakers and Community Discussion 

A Note about Dinner 

In a normal year tasty eats at the annual meeting meal are supplied by local food businesses. As you surely know, local restaurants are being severely impacted by the COVID pandemic.  Please consider buying a meal from a local restaurant to enjoy while you tune in to the annual meeting. Together we can help ensure a continuing vibrant food community despite these challenging times. 


About Our Speakers 

Kerry Hardy, Author of Notes on a Lost Flute 

A review in Northern Woodlands, had this to say about Hardy and his book,a fine storyteller and ardent researcher, his essays incorporate [historical] scholarship and linguistics that are evidenced in the current language and place names of New England’s – and especially Maine’s – once primary inhabitants, the native Wabanaki tribes. The esoteric and the mundane become, on every gloriously illustrated page, fertile fodder for him. He is eager to share his fascination with language, forestry, gardening, environmental science, and old Native American customs and knowledge that can be relevant to our lives today.” 


Joseph Hall, Associate Professor of History, Bates College. 

Hall’s research focuses on Native American interactions with Europeans during the colonial period, and how Wabanakis cultivated their ties to their homelands even as European-American colonists dispossessed them of most of that territory. 

Hall considers how Native people inhabited the land in the Brunswick-Topsham and Casco Bay region, including specifically how they understood any given place as part of a network without boundaries, unlike the colonial mindset of limited spaces that are “mine.”  

Hall believes that Wabanakis continued to inhabit the Brunswick-Topsham-Casco Bay region as part of a network of places and activities even into the present. Understanding how Wabanakis have continued to inhabit this region suggests how land trusts may want to think about partnerships and conversations with Wabanaki neighbors.”


Special Thanks to Our 2020 Annual Meeting Sponsor!