Natalie Dana Lolar

In this time

In this time of posted land
Where do we go...?
How do we live...?
No food gathered…
No medicine picked...
No game honorably killed and eaten...

In this time of posted land
Where can we go without being shot at...?
Can we live sustainably and maintain our culture ...?
No sweetgrass picked…
No ash fallen.
No game hunted.

In this time of posted land
Where can we go; where is our place…?
How do we maintain us as a people, living interconnected…?
No access.
No lands to move seasonally.
No way to maintain our ancestors’ way of life.

In this time of posted land
Where can we look for help…?
Can we call upon our allies; how do we know who to trust…?
No continual ancestry land.
No way to move about.
In this time of posted land

In this time of posted land.
Is there hope...?

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Mrs. Natalie Dana-Lolar is a Passamaquoddy/Penobscot tribal member. She grew up on Motahkomikuhk - Indian Township, Maine. Mrs. Dana-Lolar is currently working on photographing and digitizing the collection at the Penobscot Nation Museum. She is a master's degree candidate - at the University of Maine in Anthropology and Environmental Policy. Where she draws her ancestral inspiration is her passion for her people. That passion is for the Wabanaki people, their history, and their future understanding of archeological importance around indigenous voice and presence. Mrs. Dana-Lolar is a multi-generation artist; she was awarded the Abbe Museum’s - New Artist Fellowship Award in 2019. She is the wife of Penobscot Tribal Council Member - Kyle Lolar and mother of three amazing children who share the ancestral bloodlines of those who came before her; Susep - 6, Aseli - 4, and Neyanna - 2.