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.
The Reverend Shirley Bowen
Alma H. Brooks/Zapawey-kwey
T. Dana Mitchell
Wayne A. Newell
Marilyn Keyes Roper
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."