About the Authors


Shirley N. 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.

Mawopiyane: To reflect the collaborative nature of this project, the word Mawopiyane is used to describe the full group of co-authors. Mawopiyane, in Passamaquoddy, literally means "let us sit together," but the deeper meaning is of a group coming together, as in the longhouse, to struggle with a sensitive or divisive issue – but one with a very desirable outcome. It is a healing word and one that is recognizable in all Wabanaki languages.


Mawopiyane:

Gwen Bear

The Reverend Shirley Bowen

Alma H. Brooks/Zapawey-kwey

gkisedtanamoogk

JoAnn Hughes

Debbie Leighton

Barb Martin

Miigam’agan

T. Dana Mitchell

Wayne A. Newell

Betty Peterson

Marilyn Keyes Roper

Wesley Rothermel

Afterword by Dr. Frances Hancock


These voices affirm that authentic relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – with their attendant anxieties, guilt, anger, embarrassments, and, with time, even laughter and mutual affection – are key to our shared futures here in North America.

Now, more than ever, it is critical that we come together to reimagine Indigenous-settler relations.