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Voices from the Barrens: Native Peoples, Blueberries, and Sovereignty
Oct 10th 6pm: Online Film Screening and Panelist Discussion- Blue Hill Heritage Trust is delivering a film screening of "Voices from the Barrens, Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty'' in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. This film documents the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada. The film focuses on the Passamaquoddy tribe’s challenge to balance blueberry hand raking traditions with the economic realities of the world market, which favor mechanical harvesting. Each August, First People of the Canadian Wabanaki, the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik) tribes, cross the US/Canada border into Maine to take part in the tradition of hand raking blueberries with their Passamaquoddy brothers and sisters. This crossing to Maine’s blueberry barrens isn’t considered “agricultural labor,” but is a part of the traditional harvest from the earth.

We will have Nancy Ghertner, Film Director, Hubert Francis, Musician and Indigenous Advocate, and Plansowez Dana, Wabanaki Public Health Water specialist, join us for the panel discussion. Their full bios are in the PR.

If you have questions email: landere@bluehillheritagetrust.org

Oct 10, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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