Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education

Creation cuff

Jason Brown imbues modern jewelry with ancestral energy

Jason Brown of Penobscot Nation infuses his contemporary handcrafted jewelry with positive ancestral energy. Brown, who formed Decontie & Brown with wife and partner Donna Decontie-Brown, says it’s gratifying to see people wear their innovative Wabanaki-inspired jewelry and clothing — including leggings, dresses, hoodies and haute couture gowns. “Unfortunately, some people think of us (Native […]

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Wabanaki Creation Cuff to be featured at Basketmakers Holiday Market

The 23rd annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance — which focuses on preserving the ancient art of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry and […]

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WLBZ, WCSH cover raising of Penobscot Nation flag over campus

WLBZ (Channel 2) and WCSH (Channel 6 in Portland) reported the Penobscot Nation flag is flying over the University of Maine during Native American Heritage Month. The Nov. 15 flag-raising event honored contributions and accomplishments of indigenous staff, faculty and students at UMaine and recognized the campus is on Penobscot Nation land and waterways, according […]

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Native American knowledge, western science to be integrated in classes

Editor’s note: story updated Oct. 4. Native American ecological knowledge and western science will be integrated in some University of Maine science courses, with the goal of implementing the methods nationwide. With a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant titled INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science), […]

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Mitchell to participate in Acadia Night Sky Festival Cruises

Mount Desert Islander reported that John Bear Mitchell, professor of Wabanaki and multicultural studies will share Native American stories from the region about the night sky during the “Under the Stars” boat cruises. The cruises, offered by Bar Harbor Whale Watching, are scheduled for Sept. 20, 22 and 23, from 6:30–9 p.m. and are part […]

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Tijerina earns first Chris Kobrak Fellowship in Canadian Business History

Stefano Tijerina has been named the first recipient of the Chris Kobrak Fellowship in Canadian Business History. The University of Maine adjunct assistant professor accepted the $10,000 award at the “150 Years of Canadian Business History” conference Sept. 11–12 in Toronto. Tijerina was awarded the fellowship for his in-progress book titled “Navigating Imperial Competition in […]

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Shell midden

Preserving Maine’s ancient coastal heritage

Maine’s coastline is dotted with more than 2,000 archaeologically documented shell middens and virtually all of them are eroding into the ocean, some quite rapidly, which is putting valuable records of Maine’s cultural and environmental history at risk, says Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine. It is a trend that is likely […]

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Alumni, students take on leading roles at Mount Desert Island Historical Society

A Mount Desert Island Historical Society news release noted the many contributions of University of Maine community members to its organization. Over the past few years, UMaine students, faculty and alumni have taken on expanded roles in the society, a regional nonprofit located about 90 minutes from UMaine’s campus in Orono. New Champlain Society Fellow […]

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BDN reports on Penobscot River Sovereignty Rally

The Bangor Daily News reported that Darren Ranco, a Penobscot and chairman of the University of Maine Native American Programs, spoke at the Penobscot River Sovereignty Rally on Sunday. The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled 2–1 in favor of the state of Maine that the river surrounding the tribe’s reservation islands, including Indian Island, […]

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