Summer Reading List 2018:
- Toward the “Other America” by Chris Crass
- Giants of The Dawnland: Ancient Wabanaki Tales by Alice Mead and Arnold Neptune.
- The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Tom King
- The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech III
- Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki By Kerry Hardy
- Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell
- Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence by Gregory Cajete
- Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1st,1969) by Vine Deloria
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Mark Dion’s op-ed calls for a better relationship between the state and tribes.
Article on Aaron Frey “Frey [says] he [will] focus on re-establishing a better relationship between Maine and its American Indian tribes and would recommit the state to re-establishing “respectful dialogue with these sovereign nations.”
An excellent, concise piece on the role of Native land loss and loss of sovereignty in the creation of America’s national parks.
The Marrow Thieves
Where the Dead Sit Talking
Notes on a Lost Flute
I urge you to watch Janet Mills inauguration speech with the lens that we’ve been using at First Light. “Our diversity is a virtue …for those who feel left behind … welcome home to Maine.” The young Penobscot leader who spoke at the Inauguration was Maulian Dana who we met with a year ago.
More evidence of that shift is this terrific 9-minute TED talk by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, director of the Abbe Museum on MDI who has become is a national leader on the effort to “decolonize” museum culture.
Continuing this hopeful trend, Hans Carlson asked me to share this important NPR piece on new success in fighting the Ash borer.
Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People, brought to our attention by Kristin Peet, for why we all need the “enhanced mindfulness” of incorporating Tribe’s early on in our planning processes.
For those of you who have not seen Colin Woodard’s excellent series, Unsettled, from the Portland Press Herald, it’s a 29-part series chronicling 50 years of triumph and tragedy among the Passamaquoddy people. You can read the prologue for free, but I I highly recommend you download (for $4.00) the digital version of the entire series and read it. I learned a great deal from this series.
Finally, travelling to different parts of the country for work this winter brought me into contact with Strong Voices, Active Choices, The Nature Conservancy’s global framework piece for working with indigenous people. It’s a valuable read.
We Rise Together reconciling history to manage public land together.
Canadas Indigenous Renaissance. Take 10 minutes to listen to Jeremy Dutcher.
Threshold podcast examines issues of great importance to conservationists. (this episode links the persecution of Bison with the persecution of Native people. )
Emma Stevens, a Canadian Mi’kmaq singing in her Native language.
Native Movement website, founded in 2003 out of Arctic Village, Alaska. They help build a collective Alaska Native voice for the recognition of Indigenous hunting and fishing rights.
An important article from Grist Magazine about an inspiring collaboration between Forest Service and Tribes from Klamath region in California and Oregon.