Photo: Michael Browning

This fall, we begin Wabanaki History, Ecology & Experiences, a series of programs exploring Indigenous history and experiences in what is now called northern New England, a collaboration between the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth and the Chocorua Lake Conservancy, made possible through a generous grant from The Tamworth Foundation.

Here is a list of the programs in the series. This list will be updated as new events are added.

Read or download our Resource List to explore further.

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State, Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM, live via Zoom. Join the Cook Memorial Library, the Tamworth History Center, and Chocorua Lake Conservancy for a New Hampshire Humanities program with Robert Goodby, professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce College. Register at bit.ly/12000years. 

Poetry and the Land: A Reading and Conversation with Poet Cheryl Savageau, Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM, live via Zoom. Join the Cook Memorial Library and Chocorua Lake Conservancy for a reading and conversation with poet Cheryl Savageau. Savageau’s poems draw on her Abenaki and French heritage, and her deep roots in the Granite State. We’ll have several copies of Savageau’s poetry books to borrow ahead of time at the library. Register at bit.ly/poetryland

If you wish to become familiar with poetry by Cheryl Savageau ahead of time, come to Cook Library’s Poetry Hour on Monday, September 27 at 5:00 PM outside in front of the library (weather permitting). We’ll have copies of Savageau’s poetry collections Dirt Road Home and Mother/Land to share, and those who wish can take turns reading poems aloud to the group. Note that Cheryl Savageau will not be at the September 27 Poetry Hour, but will be live on Zoom on September 29.

Dawnland Voices Reading Group, part one, Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM, live via Zoom. Adults and teens are invited to come discuss selections from Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England. (Find the list of readings for part one.) Copies of the book will be available to borrow at the Cook Memorial Library ahead of time. Register for the Zoom link at bit.ly/dawnlandvoices1.

Dawnland film and discussion, Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM, online livestream. In 2013 in Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States began a historic investigation of child welfare authorities removing Native American children from their homes. Emmy award winning film “Dawnland” went behind-the-scenes as this historic body grappled with difficult truths, redefined reconciliation, and charted a new course for state and tribal relations.

Following Dawnland, the short film Dear Georgina will be shown, in which a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Join Esther Anne of Wabanaki REACH, TRC commissioner gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag), and filmmaker Adam Mazo for a live conversation after the film.

Learn more about the films and watch trailers at upstanderproject.org. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/161250212727/ to get the link to the livestream.

The films will be streamed using the OVEE website, which works on a tablet, phone, or computer that is capable of streaming video. If you wish to come to the Cook Memorial Library to watch the livestream, please sign up ahead of time as there will be limited space; call 603-323-8510 or stop in the library at 93 Main Street in Tamworth. Note that masks are required inside the library.

Kids’ Book Club with visit from author Angeli Perrow, Wednesday, October 20 at 4:00 PM at the library. Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to pick up copies of Many Hands by Angeli Perrow and Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau to read ahead of time.

Then, on October 20 at 4:00 PM, join Amy at the library for pizza and to talk about the books. At 4:40 or so, author of Many Hands Angeli Perrow will join us virtually to answer readers’ questions, and to talk about Native basketmaking, show some Native musical instruments, and teach the song called Many Hands.

Dawnland Voices Reading Group, part two, Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM (NOTE: date may be changed if either of the two Wabanaki REACH programs is scheduled on this date), live via Zoom. Adults and teens are invited to come discuss selections from Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England. (Find the list of readings for part two.) Copies of the book will be available to borrow at the Cook Memorial Library ahead of time. Register for the Zoom link at bit.ly/dawnlandvoices2.

Interacting with Wabanaki-Maine History, November date and time TBA, online. A workshop with Wabanaki REACH. More info and registration link to come…

Healing Begins with Truth: Understanding Colonization, November date and time TBA, online. A workshop with Wabanaki REACH. More info and registration link to come…