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Social Science Discrimination & Race Relations

The Gatherings

Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations

by (author) Shirley Hager & Mawopiyane

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Category
Discrimination & Race Relations, Social Classes, Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487508951
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $29.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487545888
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $24.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487539399
    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
    $29.95

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Description

In a world that requires knowledge and wisdom to address developing crises around us, The Gatherings shows how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together to create meaningful and lasting relationships.

 

Thirty years ago, in Wabanaki territory – a region encompassing the state of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes – a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals came together to explore some of the most pressing questions at the heart of Truth and Healing efforts in the United States and Canada. Meeting over several years in long-weekend gatherings, in a Wabanaki-led traditional Council format, assumptions were challenged, perspectives upended, and stereotypes shattered. Alliances and friendships were formed that endure to this day.

 

The Gatherings tells the moving story of these meetings in the words of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. Reuniting to reflect on how their lives were changed by their experiences and how they continue to be impacted by them, the participants share the valuable lessons they learned.

 

The many voices represented in The Gatherings offer insights and strategies that can inform change at the individual, group, and systems levels. These voices affirm that authentic relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – with their attendant anxieties, guilt, anger, embarrassments, and, with time, even laughter and mutual affection – are key to our shared futures here in North America. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we come together to reimagine Indigenous-settler relations.

 

Mawopiyane:

 

Gwen Bear
Shirley Bowen
Alma H. Brooks
gkisedtanamoogk
JoAnn Hughes
Debbie Leighton
Barb Martin
Miigam’agan
T. Dana Mitchell
Wayne A. Newell
Betty Peterson
Marilyn Keyes Roper
Wesley Rothermel

 

Afterword by Dr. Frances Hancock

 

To reflect the collaborative nature of this project, the word Mawopiyane is used to describe the full group of co-authors. Mawopiyane, in Passamaquoddy, literally means "let us sit together," but the deeper meaning is of a group coming together, as in the longhouse, to struggle with a sensitive or divisive issue – but one with a very desirable outcome. It is a healing word and one that is recognizable in all Wabanaki languages.

About the authors

Shirley N. Hager is a retired associate professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Currently, she serves with the Friends (Quaker) Committee on Maine Public Policy and chairs its Committee on Tribal-State Relations.

Shirley Hager's profile page

Mawopiyane is a name chosen to describe the full group of co-authors. It means, in Passamaquoddy, “let us sit together.”

Mawopiyane's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, 2021 New England Book Awards - Nonfiction