The land we live on has been inhabited for over 10,000 years

by people we know today as Wabanaki, yet many of us have little understanding
of the history and culture of the people who have called this place home for millennia.
We invite you to join us as we seek a better understanding of indigenous history and culture
through storytelling, film, art, archeology, and examining our own relationship to the land.

Community Events Fall 2023

October 20

Americans Who Tell the Truth: Portraits by Robert Shetterly

Renowned Maine artist Robert Shetterly has painted over 265 portraits of Americans, who are, in his words, “icons of the historical struggle for justice and equality. They stood up against powerful people and systems which had denied them their rights and dignity.”

4:00 PM Opening Reception

6:00 PM Truth Tellers documentary screening

7:00 PM Artist Robert Shetterly on Meetinghouse Arts Stage.


presented by Meetinghouse Arts


October 25

Wabanaki Stories to Live By  (in the Time of Climate Emergency)

with Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy language keeper, storyteller and cultural ambassador

6:00 PM at the Smith Center for Education, Wolfe’s Neck Center 

What Native American stories can teach us about protecting our air and land and water, our plants and animals, and ourselves.  

Join us for an evening of story telling and drumming. Dwayne is the keeper of wax cylinders containing original recordings of Native American songs and dances and will play one of these cylinders for us!

presented by Freeport Climate Action Now in partnership with Freeport Historical Society and Wolfe’s Neck Center 

October 26

Dawnland screening and panel discussion  

Dawnland, the untold story of Indigenous child
removal in the United States through the nation’s first-ever
government-endorsed Child Welfare Truth &
Reconciliation Commission. The Commission investigated the
devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people.

Panel discussion will include Esther Anne, Passamaquoddy Tribal member and co-founder of Wabanaki REACH; Penthea Burns, co-founder of Wabanaki REACH; Heather Augustine, the daughter of an Indian Residential School survivor, and Carol Wishcamper, co-chair of the Commission. 

6:00 PM Screening

8:00 PM Panel 

presented by Meetinghouse Arts

November 29

10,000 Years of Life along Casco Bay

with Dr. Nate Hamilton, professor of archeology at University of Southern Maine. 

6:00 PM at the Smith Center for Education, Wolfe’s Neck Center 

Nate Hamilton received his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at USM, where he has been teaching since 1987. He teaches classes in New England historic archaeology and Native American cultures.  

Nate did extensive archaeological digs on Wolfe’s Neck during the time USM managed Wolfe’s Neck Farm.



More events coming soon

The Land We Live On is a community partnership with 

Freeport Historical Society