Fall 2016 Newsletter – Dr. Prins

Dr. Prins and Penobscot Indian World War II veteran Charles Shay at the Sieg River in Germany. A combat medic in an assault platoon, 19-year-old Private Shay was awarded a Silver Star for heroism at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Soon after the Battle of the Bulge, he was captured by German enemies at this location in early 1945. Having accompanied this tribal elder on his pilgrimage to major battle sites and war cemeter-ies, Dr. Prins successfully nominated him for the Legion of Honor, with the French President personally inducting him as Chevalier (Knight). Having assisted Mr. Shay with the publication of his memoir, he is now completing his life history (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press).

Dr. Prins and Penobscot Indian World War II veteran Charles Shay at the Sieg River in Germany. A combat medic in an assault platoon, 19-year-old Private Shay was awarded a Silver Star for heroism at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Soon after the Battle of the Bulge, he was captured by German enemies at this location in early 1945. Having accompanied this tribal elder on his pilgrimage to major battle sites and war cemeteries, Dr. Prins successfully nominated him for the Legion of Honor, with the French President personally inducting him as Chevalier (Knight). Having assisted Mr. Shay with the publication of his memoir, he is now completing his life history (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press).

Dr. Harald E.L. Prins served for a second year on an international panel for the Fejos award in ethnographic film for the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York City. He was also contracted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to contribute on ethnographic photographs for a forthcoming exhibit and authored an essay titled “All Bones and Beads’: Penn’s Surreal Ethnographic Photographs” for an edited volume to be published by The MET/Yale U Press. Dr. Prins co-authored revised editions of two international textbooks in anthropology and is completing a book on indigenous history in coastal Maine, on which he will present at the Transat-lantic Studies Conference in England. Most importantly, he serves as the lead expert witness for the Penobscot Indian Nation in a federal court case defending tribal boundaries and fishing rights. After a mixed ruling by the U.S. District Court in December 2015, the case is being appealed at the First Circuit Court in Boston.

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