A nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Co-Produced by the Abbe Museum

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

We are honored to host two speakers - Esther Anne of Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Dawn Neptune Adams, a participant of the film - at this screening of DAWNLAND.


  • $12 adults
  • $10 for students

Ntlewes Esther Anne, Peskatomuhkahti nil, Ckwaponahkiyik, nuceyu Sipayik. My name is Esther Anne, I am Passamaquoddy, part of the Wabanaki -the people of the dawn and I am from Pleasant Point. I joined the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in 2003, engaging young people in foster care to ease their transition into adulthood. I had the honor of having a critical role as a Muskie staff person and a Wabanaki community member in the creation and establishment of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Maine-Wabanaki REACH. I am now deeply engaged in the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations through the lens of restorative justice and decolonization. I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Maine in Orono in 1997 and have served as adjunct faculty to the school. Currently, I facilitate the tribal-state Indian Child Welfare Act Workgroup and create products for tribal-state collaboration and best child welfare practice with native children and families through the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. I am working toward reclamation of Wabanaki territory, language, and ways of knowing and being. I enjoy making art, outdoor activities and spending time with the young people in my life.

Dawn Neptune Adams is Two-Spirit and a member of the Penobscot Nation. Existing as a bolt of lightening in a global storm of resistance to the status quo, their activist resume stretches back to 1998 when they began fighting for Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice in Huntington Beach, CA. Dawn has been on the frontlines of movements such as Occupy Wall St., Idle No More, Standing Rock and the struggle to resist territorial theft of Penobscot land and water. They are a narrator and citizen-journalist with Sunlight Media Collective, Wabanaki liaison to the Maine Independent Green Party, and a Racial Justice Consultant to the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine. Dawn is unapologetically anti-war and is especially well-versed in geopolitical issues. When not battling plutocrats, polluters, and patriarchy, Dawn spends their time raising a daughter, gardening, writing, and building fine furniture. They dream of a day when we can all eat the Salmon from the Penobscot River and live together in peace.

Earlier Event: October 6
Mountainfilm On Tour 2018
Later Event: October 8
Fire of '47

1932 Criterion Theatre
35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207) 288-0829