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Professional Development and Supplemental Resources:
The Wabanaki Collection
The Wabanaki Collection connects postsecondary educators, grade school teachers, and the general public with a variety of resources that support enhanced relationships between all the peoples of Canada’s East Coast. The project is named for the first peoples of this territory, the Wabanaki, or the “People of the Dawn,” which include the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Abenaki, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy. All content found in this collection will relate to Wabanaki worldviews, including history, culture, language and education.
Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises
In this feature-length documentary from Alanis Obomsawin, the filmmaker returns to the village where she was raised to craft a lyrical account of her own people. After decades of tirelessly recording others’ stories, she focuses this film on her own.
The Algonquin Legends of New England
This is a scanned book from 1884, written by Charles G. Leland and tells various myths and legends of the tribes; Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.
Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England
edited by Siobhan Senier
This website is the home page for the 2014 edited volume which features historic and contemporary writing from Abenaki and other New England Tribal authors.
Early Maps: Traveling Along the Northeast Shore
These early maps, available through the Maine Memory Network, depict a variety of maps of locations in the Northeast. The site provides scans of the early maps as well as explanations and context for each map.
Maine Memory Network: Wabanaki in Maine
Holding up the sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history & art is an article on Maine Memory Network that gives an overview and introduction to the culture of Wabanaki in Maine. It discusses ideas such as self-Governance, archaeology, basket-making, Indigenous philosophy, and many other Indigenous topics.
Lesson Plans and Curriculum Units:
Native Knowledge 360° – Interactive Teaching Resources
From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, this resource offers lesson plans and virtual programming for K-12 students to learn about American Indian history and current issues.
The Bioneers Indigeneity Program is the go-to source for accurate and contemporary information about Indigenous science, media, and curriculum for social change. The site includes lesson plans for specific topics and recorded talks by Indigenous speakers.
Indigenous Voices for Little Ears: 15 Books About Native American Tradition and History for Children
This resource lists various children’s books surrounding Indigenous knowledge. The stories come from diverse Indigenous Populations and traditions. Some of the titles include, Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii (I Am Not a Number) by Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kaser and Gillian Newland and We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade.
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.
Dawnland is a film about the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in Maine and their work with Indigenous people to restore justice. The website includes additional materials including twelve lesson plans.
James Mooney’s Ghost Dance Recordings
Ghost Dance Recordings are 12 recordings made by James Mooney, an ethnographer who participated in long held observations while residing with the Cherokee, in 1894. These recordings of Ghost Dance songs are situated after the death of Sitting Bull in 1890.
The Buffalo Dance took place in 1894 and is the first appearance of Native Americans on film. This is a video via Public Domain that is 14 seconds long and depicts three dancers in the foreground and two drummers in the background.
Available via Public Domain is a book Navajo Legends published in 1897 by the American Folk-lore Society and edited by G.E. Stechert. The resource is a scanned copy of the text.
Edward Curtis’ Photographs of Kwakwaka’wakw Ceremonial Dress and Masks
These photos depict Nakoaktok men in ceremonial dresses and masks. This resource has multiple scans of photos of Indigenous masks that are captioned with tribal association and a brief description of the image.
Hopi Drawings of Kachinas
This resource is accessible via Public Domain and features art created by a 30-year old Hopi named Kutcahanuu. The page gives contextual information on the sketches and provides many other sketches done in 1903 by the same artist.
This resource is found via Public Domain and is a scanned version of Eskimo folktales written by Knud Rasmussen (copy translated by W.J. Alexander Worster) who grew up amongst the Kalaallit people in Greenland. The book lists various folktales and illustrations associated with the Kalaallit.
This essay, written by Michiel van Groesen, references the engravings by Theodore de Bry from 1592 depicting the landing of Columbus on Hispaniola in 1492. The article discusses de Bry and historical context for his representations of Columbus.
Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga is a graphic novel that presents a contemporary, Indigenous perspective on an important historic event: the lives and deaths of Conestoga people in Pennsylvania. The website has a PDF of the graphic novel along with interactive webpages, supplementary educational documents, and teaching materials.
Indigikitchen, a portmanteau of Indigenous, digital, and kitchen, is an online cooking show dedicated to re-indigenizing our diets using digital media. Using foods native to their Americas, Indigikitchen gives viewers the important tools they need to find and prepare food on their own reservations. Beyond that, it strengthens the ties to our cultures and reminds us of the inherent worth of our identities while fueling our physical bodies.
How Did Humans Come to the Americas | Smithsonian Magazine
This article looks at how an increasing amount of evidence gathered by geneticists and archaeologists suggests that indigenous communities in the Americas have lived on the continent for millennia longer than scientists have speculated.
Painting the New World by Benjamin Breen
This essay can be accessed via Public Domain, and discusses a series of watercolors depicting Indigenous peoples that were created by John White, a governor in the early North American colonies.
Indigenous Action: Art of Resistance
This site features art for “Indigenous resistance and liberation struggles.”
Geronimo: The Warrior by Edward Rielly
This essay can be accessed via Public Domain and focuses on the life of Goyahkla, commonly known as Geronimo, a famous figure in Indigenous resistance efforts in America.
Race, Xenophobia, Discrimination, and Health
This organizations seeks to reduce the harmful impact of discrimination on the health of individuals and communities.
Anti-Racism: Including the Indigenous First Nations Perspective
This is a compilation of resources organized by Claudia A. Fox Tree about anti-racism from Indigenous Peoples.
Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex
Another resource from Indigenous Action, this piece discusses how being an ally and an accomplice are two very different roles – allyship aligns itself with colonial frameworks, while an accomplice must be prepared to stand alongside others, with consent, in the fight for liberation.
Workshop Report on Counter Mapping
This report on counter mapping discusses the Mapping Back workshop that took place in Montreal, Canada held in October 2017. This report discusses what counter mapping is and explains what the workshop provided. Specifically, the report provides various maps that utilize counter mapping and provides images of the workshop in 2017.