This postcard is entitled “Shell Heaps, Damariscotta River, Newcastle, Maine.”  Photo courtesy of UMA

The final Maine’s Mid-Century Moment Series is scheduled at noon Friday, Sept. 24, to feature “Indigenous Mid-Century Maine,” with a panel discussion exploring the cultural and political issues affecting Indigenous communities.

This virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (

The University of Maine at Augusta’s panel discussion will explore some of the cultural and political issues that impacted Maine indigenous communities.

Featured speakers include Donald Soctomah, Donna Loring and Bunny McBride.

Soctomah, a Passamaquoddy historian, will focus on inequities faced by Maine Wabanakis in the mid-century era.

Loring, a tribal representative of the Penobscot nation in the Maine Legislature, will discuss material from her manuscript in progress on the history of the tribal-state relationship, with a focus on the mid-century period.

McBride, a scholar and public historian of Maine indigenous culture, will discuss her work on Penobscot elder Charles N. Shay, a 97-year-old World War II combat medic.

The panel will be moderated by UMA Professor of English Kay Retzlaff.

This discussion is part of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Maine’s Mid-Century Moment, a series of humanities discussions at multiple locations around the state, generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.