PORTLAND — Most Americans know about atrocities endured by Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers — wars, disease, and stolen land.
Members of the Penobscot Nation want to ensure that history doesn’t whitewash one of the ugliest parts of government-sanctioned scalping by colonists.
At the heart of their short film “Bounty” is a 1755 scalping proclamation that encouraged the killings of Penobscots in what’s now Maine.
It was one of more than 70 bounty proclamations targeting Indigenous people in New England. The film was released in November during National Native American Heritage Month.