Event Calendar
Film Screening: Dawnland

Film Screening: "DAWNLAND"

Saturday, October 19, 2019 • 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Pequot Museum is proud to present a film screening of DAWNLAND, an Emmy Award winning documentary about cultural survival and stolen children by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

5:00 pm – Welcome Reception and Meet & Greet with the Museum's new Executive Director, Joe Baker (hors d'oeuvres and cash bar)
6:00 pm – Film Screening of DAWNLAND
7:30 pm – Question and answer discussion with DAWNLAND Senior Advisor Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy), Pequot Museum Education Supervisor and Professor Cedric Woods (Lumbee), University of Massachusetts – Boston

Free and open to the public, reservations required. Please sign up here:



The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND, produced by the Upstander Project, won the Emmy® award for Outstanding Research at the 40th annual News and Documentary Awards.

Accepting the award, co-director and producer Adam Mazo said, "DAWNLAND is a story for the Wabanaki people – the people of the dawn land. Our film presents testimony from Wabanaki people who are being separated from their families, nations, tribes, and communities by Euro-American settlers like me. The greatest recognition belongs to the Wabanaki people who have lived that experience and showed immense courage in telling their stories or holding them in their hearts."

Upstander Project learning director Dr. Mishy Lesser said, "This award applauds researchers everywhere, those who scour ignored documents and transcripts for clues that tell a fuller story. We kept digging until we found archival images and hidden information, and appreciate the Academy’s recognition of our effort."

It is the hope of the Upstander Project that this accolade will help build more support for Wabanaki people and encourage non-Native people to see and discuss DAWNLAND and learn about the relationship between the taking of the land by settlers and the taking of the children by state child welfare officials. The taking of children continues.

DAWNLAND wins an Emmy Award! Join us for a film screening on October 19th.

Visit www.dawnland.org for more information about the film.