Bowdoin College is located on traditional homelands of the Wabanaki. The four tribal nations that make up the Wabanaki Confederacy are the Mikmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot. We pay respect to the Wabanaki who have been, and continue to be, on this land for almost 15,000 years as the original inhabitants and caretakers of what is now known as the state of Maine. We honor the enduring and sacred relationship that exists between the Wabanaki and their ancestral land and waterways. We commit to learning the history of this territory and land, and we work toward supporting Wabanaki people in their stewardship.
The following are some resources for learning more about the Wabanaki people specifically and indigenous antiracism more broadly.
Native Land Maps
- Wabanaki Reach: https://www.mainewabanakireach.org/educational_resources
- Introduction to the Maine Wabanaki, gkisedtanamoogk at TEDxDirigo: https://youtu.be/hepvpi-PlRc
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Background information: https://downeast.com/north-by-east/were-still-here
- Link to access Dawnland, a movie about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission: https://cbbcat.net/record=b5443395~S19
- The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission through the Bowdoin archives: https://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/maine-wabanaki-trc/