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Freeport woman reflects on 'stolen' Native American children in new film


February 4, 2019

FREEPORT — The removal of Native American children from their homes and placement with white families throughout the 20th century — considered “cultural genocide” by some — is the haunting focus of a new film to be screened twice next week at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth.

“Dawnland,” described as “a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children,” tells the stories of Wabanaki people in Maine who were taken by government agents from their homes in the name of child welfare and placed with white families, where they often endured “devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.”


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