Colonial House Revisited: John Bear Reminisces

On Friday, January 27 February 3  (rescheduled due to weather) at 7PM the Friends of Ricker Memorial Library will host renowned Native American story teller, author and actor John Bear Mitchell.  He will present a program, based on his own work with PBS in helping to create the reality show, “Colonial House.” His program, “Colonial House Revisited: John Bear Reminisces” will feature a behind the scenes look at the show and all the work that went into its unique creation. In addition, he will expand upon his work as a researcher and participant in the show.

Colonial House was a nationally syndicated PBS reality show set in Machias, Maine. The show followed 27 individuals for the United States and England, as they made their way back to the year 1628. It also featured members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Over three months, colonists struggled to survive under difficult circumstances. Their day to day challenges were caught on tape and made into an eight episode series.

John Bear Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the Outreach and Student Development Coordinator for the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine in Orono. He is also an accomplished storyteller, author, and actor. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS tribal-sponsored awareness videos, and other documentaries with topics on Maine’s Native People. Recently his story, “Epsun and Grandfather,” was featured in, Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. It was a winner of the 2011 Aesop Award and was nominated for best comic novel for the Comic-con award. John Bear is currently working on another children’s book and is also participating as an actor in the independent film, “Anatomy of Life”, which will open up later on this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

For those interested in his work as an author, there will be a book signing of the book Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection, at 6:30PM. This book is no ordinary graphic collection. It features twenty-one illustrated Native American stories. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet John Bear before the program and to get a special signed copy of the book. We wish to thank Books N’ Things for making this possible. Books will be priced at $22.95.

This is a unique event and opportunity to meet John Bear Mitchell and get a glimpse of the work that he is done not only in Maine, but on a national level. This family event is free and open to the public. It was generously sponsored by the Friends of Ricker Memorial Library. In case of bad weather, the rain/snow date for this event will be Friday February 3rd.  For more information, please call Ricker Memorial Library at 998-4390. We hope you can join us for this very special evening with John Bear Mitchell.

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