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Wabanaki Warriors of WWII MFS Summer Lecture Series

Wednesday June 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wabanaki Warriors of WWII:  We did not ask; they did not tell

Harald E. L. Prins

Discover the story of Penobscot Elder Charles Norman Shay of Indian Island Maine. His life story brings to light the mostly ignored or forgotten service and sacrifice made by Native American soldiers and their communities in WWII. D-Day was Private Shay’s baptism by fire as a 19-year-old combat medic.  Struggling ashore at Omaha Beach as part of the first wave of attack in Operation Neptune, he treated and rescued countless comrades and was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry displayed that day. Woven into the narrative are stories representative of other front-line medics and the 500 fellow North American Indians who heroically participated in what is still the largest seaborne invasion in world history.

A native from The Netherlands, Dr. Harald E.L. Prins is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (emeritus) who taught at various universities in the U.S. and Europe. He conducted ethnographic and historical research in numerous countries, including Argentina and Canada, but especially in the Wabanaki homeland. Past President of the Society for Visual Anthropology, he was a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, served as Principal Investigator for Acadia National Park, and was guest curator at the Abbe Museum. His work is grounded in support of Indigenous nations retrieving cultural traditions and seeking recognition of ancestral sovereignty rights. He served as lead expert witness for the Mi’kmaq and Penobscot nations in the US Senate and federal court cases in the US and Canada.

This is the first of eight in our 2023 Summer Lecture Series. This year’s lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings. The lectures will be held at the Bath Freight Shed and via Zoom. FMI


Wednesday June 7, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Bath Freight Shed
27 Commercial Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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