John Bear Mitchell, will share stories about his experiences growing up on the Penobscot Nation’s tribal headquarters of Indian Island and his childhood in a Catholic school. With humor and brief anecdotes, he will branch out into his professional escapades, and wonder with you, how he was so honored to have had the experiences he’s had as a Penobscot man. Mitchell presently serves as coordinator of the University of Maine System Office Native American Waiver and Educational Program and is a lecturer of Wabanaki Studies and Multicultural Studies at the University of Maine in Orono. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards with missions based on Maine’s Wabanaki people. For 15 years John visited schools in Maine as a touring artist visiting more than 150 schools. He has toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England; his singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal-sponsored awareness videos, independent film, HBO Lionsgate TV, and many documentaries.