February 23, 2018
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A Wabanaki celebration


INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department will host “An Evening of Wabanaki Readings” 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Nick Sapiel Building, 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island.

It will be an informal gathering at which Wabanaki authors will read poems and excerpts from their works. Featured Wabanaki authors include Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of native studies at Harvard University; Carol Dana, Penobscot artist, poet and language master; Cheryl Savageau, award-winning Abenaki poet and artist; and Ssipsis, Penobscot artist and poet.

Community members are invited and encouraged to bring a favorite poem, short story or book excerpt by or about the Wabanaki to share.

Light refreshments will be served. A door prize will be awarded and books by Brooks, Savageau and Ssipsis will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening is designed to celebrate Wabanaki authors and the cultural expressions found in Wabanaki literature. The evening is part of the Wabanaki Writer’s Workshop, “Cultural Expressions through Writing,”

The Saturday, Nov. 15, workshop is open to Wabanaki community members of all generations and is funded through a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

For more information, call Maria Girouard, director of cultural and historic preservation, at 817-7471 or e-mail maria.girouard@penobscotnation.org.

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