Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education

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University of Maine project tells story of COVID-19 pandemic through arts

Maine residents are invited to participate in a new project at the University of Maine that is using the arts to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Jack Pine Project, a collaboration of the Maine Folklife Center, Maine Studies Program and the Hutchinson Center, connects professional artists, including UMaine faculty, with residents statewide, […]

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View what’s new, and old, at UMaine-affiliated museums, gallery 

For people eager to again appreciate art and artifacts in person, three University of Maine museums and a gallery are open, or soon will be.  Admission to the Hudson Museum, Page Farm and Home Museum, Zillman Museum (ZAM) and Lord Hall Gallery is free. Guests are required to wear face coverings and follow all other […]

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Beacon highlights Michelle’s intertribal climate change coalition

The Beacon featured Natalie Michelle, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine who’s establishing an intertribal climate change coalition. Michelle, who is Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, says a goal of the partnership will be to create a climate change adaptation workbook targeted toward the Maine environment and based on Wabanaki epistemologies and traditional values.

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Nolan Altvater: Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship in Native American policy

Nolan Altvater of Milford, a University of Maine rising senior majoring in secondary education and minoring in English, was selected as one of 55 students nationwide to receive Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship in the Native American policy category.  The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the […]

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Coastal flooding

With St. Amand’s matrix, town planners can ID at-risk archaeological sites 

As sea-level rise, extreme weather events and storm surge become more frequent and severe along the Maine coast, people who live there will move inland.  Globally, weather-related hazards accounted for more than 230 million displacements from 2008 to 2018, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. In 2018 alone, 1.2 million people in the United […]

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VillageSoup advances John Bear Mitchell’s storytelling at Strand

VillageSoup promoted Penobscot storyteller John Bear Mitchell’s appearance at 5 p.m. March 14 at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Mitchell, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation from Indian Island, will share Wabanaki stories. Mitchell serves as the University of Maine System Office Native American Waiver and Educational Program Coordinator, the University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center […]

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Penobscot women and the tribal land tenure system in 19th-century Maine

In the 19th century, Penobscot grandmothers approved marriages, adjusted family disputes, sanctioned divorces and carried wampum. The tribe’s grandmothers’ council (nohkəməssizak mawebohwak, or the modern spelling, nohkomess potawasin) could veto a declaration of war by the chief and tribal council. Penobscot women had powerful and wide-ranging roles in their society, and their importance was embedded […]

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Newsom quoted in bicentennial column in Morning Sentinel, KJ

In Lisa Miller and Luisa Deprez’s column in the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal about Maine turning 200 years old, University of Maine assistant professor of anthropology Bonnie Newsom, a citizen of Penobscot Indian Nation, said, “People have been living here for at least 11,000 years … living along the Penobscot River for at least […]

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