More From the Authors

Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations:

A Conversation with Co-Authors of The Gatherings

with Barb Martin & Shirley Hager

Sponsored by the Maine Jung Center

Co-authors Barb Martin and Shirley Hager share their experiences and lessons learned during the Gatherings, and in the creation of the book. They will reflect on their impressions of one another, Indigenous and non-Native, during the Gatherings and since then, and speak to differences they observed in their cultures’ approach to relationships, to the land, and to physical and spiritual wholeness. 

October 13, 2023

Author Talk with gkisedtanamoogk and Shirley Hager

Co-sponsored by First Congregational Church, South Portland (FCCUCC), along with the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Congregation Bet Ha’am, and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Maine)

November 6, 2022

The Gatherings on "Maine Calling"

Panelists gkisedtanamoogk and Shirley Hager and participants (Shirley Bowen, Barb Martin, and T. Dana Mitchell) talk with host Jennifer Rooks to  discuss what they learned from the Gatherings and why they feel their experience is so important to share with others today.

Presented by Maine Calling (Maine Public Radio)

February 24, 2022

Upisktwo and the Art of Reimagining: An online conversation with Shirley N. Hager and co-author Rev. Shirley Bowen 

Presented by Maine Council of Churches, Portland, Maine

February 22, 2022

A Zoom Author Visit with Barb Martin  and Shirley N. Hager

Presented by Merrill Memorial  Library &  the Yarmouth (Maine) Historical Society

January 11, 2022

The Gatherings: Author Talk with Wayne A. Newell and Shirley N. Hager

Offered by the Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, Maine; and Acadia Friends Meeting

December 2, 2021.

The Gatherings: Author Talk with 

T. Dana Mitchell and Shirley N. Hager

Offered by Rockland Public Library, 

October 22, 2021.

Walking with our Wabanaki Neighbors: What Steps Can We Take?

Offered by Curtis Library and Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group (MIAG), October 4, 2021.

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Gatherings author, Shirley Hager, is a panelist speaking about the need for amendments to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

August 7, 2021

gkisedtanamoogk and Shirley Hager share a conversation as the plenary speakers at this annual meeting of New England Quakers

"New Book Speaks to Healing Divisions Between Indigenous and Nonnatives"  

(click here for article)

Franklin Journal, June 17, 2021 

A Maine newspaper reports on The Gatherings and how it is being shared with Maine legislators, state officials and Wabanaki leaders in the hope that it can provide a model for improving tribal-state relations.

The Gatherings: A conversation with the authors hosted by 

Beacon Hill Friends House

June 13, 2021 

Watch a recording of the Book Launch!

Join Shirley Hager and Mawopiyane as they share their remarkable experience exploring authentic, mutually supportive relationships between Indigenous People and settlers in Wabanaki territory. 

Talk of the Towns 4/14/21: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations  

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

Listen here.

"Walking Gently with Alma Brooks" (click here for article)

Kci-Niwesq: Native Women's Association of Canada magazine, February, 2021

Kci-Niwesq's first edition featured The Gatherings' Alma Brooks as their cover story:  "A lifetime of personal discovery leads Alma Brooks back to her roots and connection to the Earth." 

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"Reaching for Reconciliation" (click here for article)

by Marilyn Keyes Roper, The Canadian Friend, Winter issue, 2021

Marilyn shares how the Gatherings taught her a new way of "seeing" land through an Indigenous viewpoint, and how her experience prepared her to stand with the Wabanaki in their efforts toward justice, sovereignty and self-determination.

The Gathering - A Modern Thanksgiving Story

An interview with co-authors from 2002!

At Thanksgiving, as we in the United States gather to celebrate the myth of the "first" ceremonial sharing between Native Peoples and the arriving European Peoples, it's a good time to hear another telling of this Story; an update, so to speak. To imagine a different kind of Thanksgiving Gathering--another way to begin making a nation together. This program first broadcast on PRI as a Thanksgiving special.

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"As an educator and advocate for social justice, I'm grateful to have The Gatherings as a resource for both faith-based and community groups. If you've wondered how Indigenous-settler relations could ever be repaired and connections made better, this remarkable book offers welcome insights about "the work of love," building mutual respect and trust over time."

Marvin M. Ellison, Willard S. Bass Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, Bangor Theological Seminary and author of Making Love Just.