This site is a companion to Dawnland Voices: Indigenous Writings from New England, edited by Siobhan Senier with 11 tribal editors and published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. Both the print anthology and this website showcase the wide variety of literature produced by Native people from this region.
The site has two components.
Dawnland Voices 2.0 is an online literary magazine that showcases established and emerging indigenous talent from New England. We are pleased to have the poet Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki) as our editor-in-chief; Cheryl is also brokering mentoring circles for emerging writers who would like feedback on their writing from established Native authors. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see our submission guidelines.
On the Indigenous New England Digital Collections side of this site, tribal archives and individual authors are digitizing and contributing items from their own collections: historic letters, political petitions, stories, and photographs. You can explore these items on a map of the area, browse them according to the tribal nations represented here, or visit some of our curated exhibits.
This site has received support from the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project partners include the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Center, the Tomaquag Museum, and the Indigenous Resources Collaborative. Our logo is based on an image of a beaded bag generously contributed by the talented artist Rhonda Besaw (Abenaki).
For more information, or to get involved in this project, please contact Siobhan.Senier@unh.edu. You can also follow @ssenier (and @DawnlandVoices) on Twitter; join our Facebook group; or read this blog, which reviews new books and research in this area. Prof. Senier also maintains an open bibliography of writing by and about Native Americans from New England, as well as a discussion group at Goodreads.