Nov. 30th Virtual Film Screening & Panel Discussion with UNB

By November 23, 2020November 30th, 2020Current News

'Voices from the Barrens, Native People, Blueberries & Sovereignty'

St. Stephen’s University is pleased to partner with the faculties of arts at UNB Fredericton and Saint John to present a virtual screening of the documentary film ‘Voices from the Barrens: Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty’. The screening will be followed by a live panel discussion featuring Nancy Ghertner, Donald Soctomah, Brian J. Francis, and Brian Altvater.
This event is being hosted via Microsoft Teams and is open to all members of the SSU and UNB communities, as well as the general public. No registration required.
About the documentary film:

Directed by Nancy Ghertner, Voices from the Barrens, Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty, documents the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki People from the USA and Canada. The film focuses on the Passamaquoddy tribe’s challenge to balance blueberry hand raking traditions with the economic realities of the world market, which favor mechanical harvesting. Each August, First People of the Canadian Wabanaki, the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik) tribes, cross the US/Canada border into Maine to take part in the tradition of hand raking blueberries with their Passamaquoddy brothers and sisters. This crossing to Maine’s blueberry barrens isn’t considered “agricultural labor,” but is a part of the traditional harvest from the earth.

Learn more about the film:

NOV. 30, 2020, 7:00pm ADT

No Registration Required

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