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We Are The Warriors

A small Maine town decides the fate of its American Indian mascot.

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Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Culture, Human Rights, Social Issues, and Cultural History
Synopsis

For nearly sixty years, students and alumni of Wells High School in Maine have called themselves the “Warriors.” Their yearbook is named for the Abenaki, the indigenous people the town’s settlers first encountered in the 1600s. The school’s mascot, variations of a stoic Native American head in profile with braids and feathered headband, has drawn both support and criticism in the past. However, during the 2017 fall athletic season, an incident shocks the town and reignites the debate.

“We Are The Warriors'' follows the citizenry of Wells, a population that includes Indigenous Peoples, as they convene to speak, hear each other, and seek consensus. And by inviting Wabanaki voices from across the state to join the conversation, including the mother whose experience ignited the debate, the residents of Wells work to better understand the lasting effects of their colonial past and how it relates to the present day impact of their good intentions.

Stage
in post-production
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

  • David Camlin ... Director, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Indepenendent
Country
United States
Years of Production
2018 – Present
Locations
Maine
Prod. Partners
Megan Grumbling, Joanna Weaver

Distribution Details

Release year
2023
Language
English

Photos

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