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Current and Upcoming Exhibits at the Abbe Museum

Abbe : Exhibits : Current and Upcoming Exhibits

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Twisted Path III: Questions of Balance

Twisted Path III AIR #5 by Will WilsonAIR #5 by Will WilsonOpening February 6, 2014

 

Twisted Path III: Questions of Balance, invites audiences to consider Native American concerns about the environment through the medium of contemporary art. Artists’ works will express emotional and cultural reflections on the status of our planet - both comfort from a sense of place and connections to the land, and the conflicts inherent in cultural genocide and pollution of sacred spaces.

 

Invited artists include Gina Brooks, Gabriel Frey, Nicholas Galanin, Shan Goshorn, Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Patricia Michaels, Shane Perley-Dutcher, and guest curator and artist Rick Hunt.

 

Learn more about the exhibit and the artists >

 

This is exhibit is made possible thanks to support from:

Sharpe Family Foundation/Douglas and Ann Sharpe

Anonymous Foundation

Fisher Charitable Foundation

Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust

 

Lead Corporate Sponsor:

  

with additional support from:

              

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency
supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Kikehtahsuwiw: It Heals

150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe TourDecember 2014 through April 2015

 

Kikehtahsuwiw is a story about several women in the Passamaquoddy Tribe, residing at both Motahkomikuk (Indian Township) and Sipayik (Pleasant Point). Each of these women shares a common goal: healing their communities. As the carriers of life, they are also carriers of culture and responsible for carrying on their healing traditions. 

 

 

150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour

150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe TourPhoto by Chris SockalexisJuly through December 2014

 

During May 2014, an epic journey took place commemorating the travels of Henry David Thoreau and his Wabanaki Guide, Joe Polis, in the Maine Woods in July of 1857. This exhibit, created by Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, features photographs Chris and others took during the trip, giving a glimpse into the beauty and wild nature of the Maine Woods and the Penobscot Nation's homeland. To learn more about the 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour, visit www.mainewoodsdiscovery.com.

 

Maine Woods DiscoverThe 150th Anniversary Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour

was organized as part of Maine Woods Discovery,

a project of the Maine Woods Consortium.

 

 

 

Four Directions of Wabanaki Basketry

Waponahki Student ArtOngoing

 

Four Directions of Wabanaki Basketry, located in our unique Circle of the Four Directions, offers a place of quiet reflection for visitors to the Museum. The exhibit features a basket from each of the Wabanaki tribal communities: the eastern basket made by a Maliseet child, the southern baskets made by Passamaquoddy women, the western basket made by a Penobscot man, and the northern basket by a Micmac elder. Visitors will also hear the creation story of Koluskap and the Ash Tree in the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy/Maliseet, and Micmac languages.

 

Made possible through the generosity of John and Ruth Overton.

 

St. Sauveur: A Meeting of Nations

Illustration by Francis Back, courtesy US NPS/St Croix Island International Historic Site

Opening May 23, 2013 at the Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring

 

In 1613, a small group of French Jesuits, sailors and settlers arrived at Mount Desert Island, looking for a place to establish a mission and build trade relations with the Wabanaki.  At the urging of Wabanaki leader Asticou, the group chose a spot somewhere around Frenchman Bay to establish their new outpost.  Less than three months later, the fledgling settlement was destroyed by English colonists from further south. Echoes of these encounters continue to resound today, in Wabanaki communities, in shaping Maine history and identity, and in our understanding of international relations.


The first European residents of Frenchman Bay came and went in a very short time. But this episode is part of a much larger story of Wabanaki-French-English interactions in eastern Maine from 1500 until 1762, when English settlers finally established a permanent settlement on Mount Desert Island. The exhibit brings together current Wabanaki perspectives and historic documents to present multiple perspectives on history, and investigates the debate among historians and archaeologists about where the St. Sauveur Mission was actually located. Hands-on, interactive activities for children and families accompany the exhibit.

 

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Layers of Time: Archaeology at the Abbe Museum

Taft Whale SkullOngoing

How did people live in the past?

What can we know about their lives and history from the archaeological record?

 

This exhibit follows archaeological research conducted by the Abbe Museum starting in 1928, and considers how excavations at various sites have tried to answer these questions. Through a combination of artifacts, images and text, you can explore the questions that were asked and what we have learned during eight decades of archaeological investigations. Layers of Time also features a variety of hands-on, interactive activities for children and families, letting visitors step into the role of the archaeologist to ask and answer intriguing questions.

 

 

 

Dr. Abbe's Museum

Ongoing

Various Artifacts

Visit the original Abbe Museum, built as a trailside museum in 1928.The exhibits focus on the archaeology of Maine and are reminiscent of the way the museum would have looked when it originally opened. See how bone and stone tools and pottery were made, explore artifacts from the museum's early collections, and find examples of artifacts from many towns around eastern Maine.

 

An introductory exhibit gives you a brief history of the Abbe Museum, and is complimented by a giant map of Mount Desert Island and the surrounding area, made by museum founder Robert Abbe. A visitor favorite, four dioramas depict life on Mount Desert Island before the arrival of Europeans.

 

The Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring is open daily 10-5 from late May through early October.

Dial: (207) 288-3519

Email: info@abbemuseum.org

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