Pandemics in Wabanaki Communities
Wednesday, November 11, 6-7pm
Join James Eric Francis Sr. (Penobscot), Director of Cultural and Historic Preservation, Penobscot Nation in conversation with Steve Bromage, Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society about pandemics have affected Wabanaki communities since the first Europeans interacted with Wabanaki people on the shores of what is now known as Maine to today’s concerns about COVID-19.
About the speaker: James E. Francis, Sr. is Penobscot Nation’s Tribal Historian and Director of Cultural and Historic Preservation, where he studies the relationship between Maine Native Americans and the landscape. Prior to working at the Penobscot Nation James worked for the Wabanaki Studies Commission helping implement the new Maine Native American Studies Law into Maine schools and has managed a team of teachers and cultural experts in developing curriculum. James co-produced a film, Invisible, which examines racism experienced by Native Americans in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and is an historical researcher, photographer, filmmaker, and graphics artist.