Speaker Series

Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series

List of upcoming Speakers

Thank you for your interest in the Wabanaki Voices Series sponsored by the Skowhegan History House.


This event is FREE and takes place at Tewskbury Hall on Weston Avenue in Skowhegan and will also be broadcast via Zoom. Masks are required for in-person attendance.

To register for the Zoom link, visit msad54.maineadulted.org.


Past Speakers

Dwayne Tomah, Director and Curator of the Sipayik Museum,was speaker in the Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series. Attached is the  the 1-hour film, “The Doctrine of Discovery–Unmasking the Domination". The Doctrine of Discovery refers to a principle in public international law under which, when a nation “discovers” land, it directly acquires rights on that land. The Doctrine provided the basis for subsequent laws depriving indigenous peoples of their lands.  Dwayne Tomah has been involved in repatriation and Land Back issues and will share historical truth regarding The Doctrine of Discovery by an Indigenous perspective.



4th Speaker

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Maria Girouard spoke on June 23, at  the Tewksbury hall located behind the Federated Church on the island in Skowhegan

Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation is an historian with a particular expertise in the Maine Indian Land claims.  She earned a master's degree in history from the University of Maine in part from her thesis entitled: The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims:  Penobscot Perspectives.  Maria is a longstanding community organizer, environmental steward, and educator.  She speaks extensively on topics such as Maine Indian Land Claims, Penobscot cultural connections to Katahdin, history of the Penobscot River, and food justice.  She is a co-founder of the sunlight Media Collective and of the Peoples Garden, a community garden located on Indian Island.  Maria currently serves as the executive director of Wabanaki REACH, a non-profit organization dedicated to truth, healing, and Change.


Darren Ranco spoke on  June 9,  7:00pm, at Tewksbury Hall -Located behind the Federated Church on the island in Skowhegan.


Penobscot tribal member Dr. Ranco is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine.  His talk entitled, "Major Episodes of Colonial Racism in Maine State Indian History and Policy,"  will show how issues of racial injustice have shaped State of Maine Indian History and Policy, as well as give a broad historical and rights context to contemporary issues related to Wabanaki Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights.


John Bear Mitchell, 3rd speaker

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Dr. Darren Ranco  the second presenter

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 James Francis Lecture

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