ROCKLAND —The Rockland Public Library presents Shirley Hager and T. Dana Mitchell, Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m., calling in via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

“The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations” (University of Toronto Press, 2021), written by a group of Wabanaki and non-Native co-authors, tells the story of a series of cross-cultural meetings. From 1987 to 1993, a series of weekend-long meetings between Indigenous and non-Native individuals was held throughout the Gulf of Maine bioregion, in Wabanaki territory. They sought to explore some of the most pressing questions at the heart of Truth and Healing efforts in the United States and Canada. In this book, Hager and her co-authors share the lessons they learned, and continue to learn, through their ongoing relationships. “The Gatherings” shows how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together to create meaningful and lasting relationships. In this event, two of the co-authors will discuss their experiences in these meetings and share stories about the book’s creation.

Hager is a retired associate professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Currently, she serves with the Friends (Quaker) Committee on Maine Public Policy and chairs its Committee on Tribal-State Relations.

Mitchell is a Panawahpskek/Penobscot from the Bear Clan. His people carry the name of the river they live on, the Penobscot, which runs through central and eastern Maine. As he describes it, the river is their highway, their lifeline, and their bloodline. Mitchell grew up on Panawahpskek with 13 siblings, descendants of a long line of tribal leaders.

For a link to the Zoom event, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.