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Number of Interviews:   5

Dates when interviews were conducted:   March 2003

Time period covered:  late twentieth century to 2003

Principal interviewers:   Elizabeth Hoyt Hannibal, Dianne Schindler

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Description:  This collection includes interviews with five Somali women living in Lewiston, Maine in 2003.  The interviews were conducted by Elizabeth Hoyt Hannibal and Dianne Schindler for a project for ANT 425 taught by Dr. James Moreira at the University of Maine. Included is a narrative of how Hannibal and Schindler set up the interviews with Fatuma Hussein, Azeb Hassan, Hawa Kahin, Kiih Issa, and Ayan Ismail.  Interviews took place in Lewiston at Daryeelka, Inc., a resource for families that assists them in becoming economically independent and active participants in community life.  Also included in the collection is a paper by Caterina Anderson at the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy “The Somalis of Lewiston, Maine: A Policy Perspective” written on May 10, 2004.  Also included is a small collection of current articles with maps from the World Wide Web about Somalia and about Somalis in Lewiston.

3732  Elizabeth Hoyt Hannibal.  “Somali Women of Lewiston, Maine,” final project paper for ANT 425, a course taught by Dr. James Moreira at the University of Maine in Orono.  Includes narrative of how Hannibal and fellow student Dianne Schindler set up interviews with five Somali women living in Lewiston, Maine in 2003.  The women were Futuma Hussein, Azeb Hassan, Hawa Kahin, Kiih Issa, and Ayan Ismail.  Interviews took place in Lewiston at Daryeelka, Inc., a resource for families that assists them in becoming economically independent and active participants in community life. 12 pp

3733  Fatuma Hussein, interviewed by Dianne Schindler on March 26, 2003 at the United Somali Women Office in Auburn, Maine.  Hussein was a 25-year-old woman originally from Somalia who had been living in Lewiston for 2 years.  Topics included food and cultural ways in Somali society; Hussein’s family and her education; food preparation; anchero; tea; spices; samosas; raising girls; cookies; beef; types of foods at celebrations; Qu’an; milk; chapati; American fast food; baby food.  Ayan Ismail had a small part in the interview. Transcript: 24 pp

Recording: C2650

3734  Azeb Hassan, Hawa Kahin, and Kiin Issa, interviewed by Dianne Schindler and Elizabeth Hoyt Hannibal on March 26, 2003 at Daryeelka Women and Children’s Advocacy in Lewiston, Maine.  Topics included food ways and cultural dress of Somalis; Somali culture of hospitality and strong community relationships; rich tradition of Somali Muslim society. Transcript: 8 pp

Recording:  C2652

3735  Fatuma Hussein, interviewed by Elizabeth Hoyt Hannibal on March 26, 2003 in Hussein’s office in the Community Concepts building in Auburn, Maine.  Hussein was the head of an organization called United Somali Women of Maine that helps Somali women adjust to living in nearly all-white Lewiston.  Topics included importance of family support;  hospitality of Somali people; marriage; refugee camps in Kenya; traditional dress; hijab; diraa; religious requirement to cover head; Somalis in Atlanta, Georgia; moving to Maine; wearing pants; shoes; flip-flops; Western clothing; challenges of skin color, religion, culture, language; fear of change. Transcript: 19 pp

Recording: C2651

3736 Dianne Schindler.  ANT 425 Fieldwork Project, Spring Semester, 2003.  Paper describing Schindler’s collection of information about the foodways and food customs of Somali women in Lewiston for her course Oral History and Folklore Fieldwork at the University of Maine in Orono.  Included is a narrative of how she prepared for the project, found informants, set up interviews, and recorded her information.  10 pp

3737  Carerina Anderson.  “The Somalis of Lewiston, Maine: A Policy Perspective.” Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy – May 10, 2004.  Contents of the paper include acknowledgments, introduction, background in U.S. immigration and refugee policy, inner workings of the refugee resettlement infrastructure, the situation, policy analysis, why accommodating newcomers is a good idea, findings, conclusion, appendices, and bibliography.  Listed in the bibliography are interviews with Sue Charon, Phil Nadeau, Pierrot Rugaba, Jeff Burgess, Kathy Harris, and Victoria Scott. 50 pp

3748  Collection of miscellaneous documents and maps about Somalis in Maine.  Included are articles from the Web:  “A Yankee mill town globalizes” by Patrick T. Reardon (2002), “Lewiston’s Somali surge” by Kelley Bouchard (2002), “Somalia” from the World Factbook 2002, “US to resettle thousands of Somalis” by Juma Kwayera (2002), “AU threatens sanctions against Somalis” by Abebe Andualem (2003), “Somali Muslims in Maine,” cover story in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (Nov. 15, 2002).  Also included is “Toward Harmony: Understanding A New Diversity in Lewiston-Auburn,” program for a conference held at Bates College on March 14-15, 2003. Also copies of photographs of Somalis from the Web.


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