SUPPORTING LOCAL CULTURAL CHANGES
Last Monday at the Woodstock Town Meeting there was a wide range of reactions to the warrant asking that the town offer financial support for this summer’s Molly Ockett Days Festival. Some people expressed heartfelt support for this positive change our local celebration is taking (becoming more respectful and inclusive of native culture). And some resented it as a “tax” although the town’s contributions to other causes are not characterized that way.
We are unique in Maine to have a festival honoring a local native woman who was remarkable, cared for her community and was generous with her healing gifts. This gives us the rare opportunity to make visible the ways we are becoming more respectful of native people in Maine. We can honor their culture and begin healing our destructive and devastating history that has created the legacy we have all inherited today.
Not only is Maine watching this transformation, but the entire country is. “Indian Country Today”(a Native American magazine and website) is interested in writing a story about the positive changes our community has made. A reporter is likely to attend Molly Ockett Days.
The warrant did not pass, but I understand there were folks there who would like to support our efforts to create a more inclusive, more culturally historic and more diverse event about a remarkable Abanaki woman.
Please send donations to Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, with Wabanaki Events on the notation line. Address: P.O. Box 1247, Bethel, ME 04217
Thank you if you can help out.