Carol Dana

Cultural Historian, Penobscot Nation

Available for speaking December - March

I was born in Bangor in 1952 and attended school on Indian Island til fifth grade and then attended St. Mary’s in Old Town. I played around the island all through my childhood. I later attended John Bapst High School in Bangor. I attended college in Machias. I got married in 1971 and had my first child in 1972. I moved to New York and worked on Akwesasne Notes. I came back to Maine and had a big family on the island. I started working on the Penobscot dictionary in 1982 til 1985, when I decided to go to college again. In 1990 I graduated and substitute taught for Barry Dana, worked as a teacher aid 1991 to 1996. Taught Penobscot in 1996 til 2000 when I applied for the job I am now in, for Cultural Historical Preservation Department for penobscot nation, as language resource person.

Talks

  • Atlohkewe: Tell me a story

I have researched 189 stories from the Folger library that are too numerous to mention, mostly they were oral tradition stories told in winter having to do with Gluscabe. I work out of a few books also Abby Alger In Indian Tents, Algonquian Legends by Leland, Gluscabe the Liar and other weird Tales by Horace P. Beck and the Transformer Tales and Silas Rands Micmac Tales.