Join the Seattle Public Library, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Longhouse Media and for a free screening and panel discussion of  "Dawnland," a documentary that follows the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. The screening will be preceded by the short film, "Holy Angels,"

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.

Stolen children, racism, devastated families and cultural genocide encompass this documentary about government-sanctioned atrocities committed against Native Americans in the United States—in particular, the Wabanaki people of Maine. "Dawnland" depicts the work of the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans, as it gathers stories and documents the history of Native American children removed from their homes and culture and placed in white communities.


1:00 p.m. – Reception

1:30 p.m. – Screenings of "Holy Angels" and "Dawnland"

3:00 p.m. – Post-film discussion with:

  • Tracy Rector, moderator and co-founder of Longhouse Media
  • Sandy White Hawk, consultant for Indian Child Welfare
  • Mishy Lesser, learning director for the Upstander Project

This event is the first of three screenings of films by and about Indigenous people to be held at the Library in 2018. Each film was selected by local filmmaker Tracy Rector in a project that grew out of recommendations from the Library’s Native Advisory Council. Watch for additional films in October and December.

This program is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation. It is presented in partnership with SIFF and Longhouse Media.