The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk, Monday, April 5, from 3 - 4 p.m., about restoring Penobscot language use and how traditional stories can provide vital knowledge to help meet today’s challenges.
When Margo Lukens began the project of publishing a book of traditional stories from the Penobscot Nation, she worked with Carol Dana, a Penobscot language keeper who wanted help to restore Penobscot language use and to make bilingual text versions readily available to young people in her community. Their book, ‘Still They Remember Me’: Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1, a bilingual collection of traditional Penobscot stories also co-authored by Conor Quinn, is due out in June 2021 from the University of Massachusetts Press.
Reading the narratives as literature, Lukens saw that they contain deep knowledge about how human beings have understood life in this place, teaching ecological knowledge, community values and relationships from a Penobscot perspective. She realized that reading traditional stories like these can offer invaluable insights as we work on solving complex 21st-century problems.
Lukens is a professor of English at UMaine whose work has included producing and directing plays by Indigenous playwrights on campus and in the region. Her research interests also include Wabanaki literary and storytelling history and antiracism work.
The talk is free and available via Zoom; registration is required. To register and receive connection information, please visit the event webpage.
To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.