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.


Gwen Bear

The Reverend Shirley Bowen

Alma H. Brooks/Zapawey-kwey


JoAnn Hughes

Debbie Leighton

Barb Martin


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. 

"Reading The Gatherings filled me with gratitude. I’m grateful that our elders’ words will always be remembered. I’m grateful that I can pass this book on to my children and they, too, can hear these words."

Osihkiyol Crofton-Macdonald, Ambassador

Houlton Band of Maliseets (Maine)