Houlton represented in university panels

14 years ago

Richard Silliboy, a member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, will be the lead presenter this evening and Maliseet Chief Brenda Commander will serve as a panelist for “Tribal Identification: The Importance of Knowing One’s Roots,” at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA).
    The 7 p.m. panel is one of several in a four-day event that began yesterday on Wabanaki Spirituality. Wabanaki is an umbrella term that describes the people of five American Indian tribes in New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. The tribes include the Abenaki, Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.
The series of discussions and events brings to central Maine four days of presentations, panels and special activities on Wabanaki life and perspectives. Each day features a mix of discussion panels, presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics including spirituality, sovereignty, tribal identification and culture.
Steven Rowe, former Maine attorney general, will join Sillliboy and Commander for this evening’s panel discussion during which the film “Invisible” will be shown.
The panel will examine “the human impact on individuals who are denied their cultural and tribal identity, and the efforts being made by the Maine tribes to reacculturate returning members.” Participants  will also address efforts of the Maliseets and the state of Maine to facilitate retention of cultural identity.
Kenneth Hanning, representing the Houlton Band of Maliseets, is a panelist for a 1 p.m. panel today on the experiences of Native American veterans. The four-day series of event concludes Friday.