Prepare for Colder Temperatures

This fall and winter, the Abbe Museum will be celebrating the chilly climates of the North!

We are excited to announce that we'll be tying our winter programming together with an Arctic theme this year:

Thursday, October 4: The Fast Runner

Arctic people are leaders in telling their own stories on film, and these movies highlight how powerful that can be.  Join us for The Fast Runner, the first film of our 4th annual Native American Film Series on Thursday, October 4th, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Downtown Abbe Museum for this free film series, made possible, in part, by Reel Pizza. 

Released in 2001 The Fast Runner is a Canadian film directed by Zacharias Kunuk.  It was the first feature film ever to be written, directed and acted entirely in Inuktitut.  Set in the ancient past, the film retells an Inuit legend passed down through centuries of oral tradition.

It’s an epic tale of love, betrayal, and revenge, set in motion by an evil force brought to the village of Igloolik by a mysterious shaman.  Kunuk and his crew meticulously re-created the conditions the Inuit tribes lived under before exposure to Southern influences, using information handed down from tribe elders and the journals of Captain William Edward Parry, a British explorer who visited the area in 1822.

To see a trailer please click here.  This film is rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence.

Monday, Oct 15: Archaeology and Exploration in the Far North

Join us for the annual Tea, Popovers, & Archaeology, sponsored by The Acadia Corporation, on Monday, October 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Jordan Pond House.  During this year's Tea & Pops, Genevieve LeMoine, Curator and Registrar for the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, will present a lecture entitled, Archaeology and Exploration in the Far North.

Arctic explorers Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan spent many years living and working in the far north with the local people, now known as the Inughuit.  Since 2004 LeMoine and her colleagues have been using archaeology to study how the Inughuit reacted to the presence of these Americans among them, and the many industrial goods they brought.

After the lecture, attendees will be treated to a generous portion of Jordan Pond House's famous popovers, served with butter, jam, tea and coffee!  Reservations are required for this popular program, and the cost is $20 for Abbe Museum Members, and $30 per person for non-members.  To learn more about Membership, please click here.  To make reservations, please call the Abbe Museum at 288-3519 or email Raney Bench at raney -at-

Thursday, November 1: Before Tomorrow

Before Tomorrow, the second film in the Native American Film Series will be show on Thursday, November 1 at the Downtown Abbe Museum from 7:00 - 9:00.  The series is free and open to the public, made possible, in part, by Reel Pizza.

Before Tomorrow is the first feature film written and directed by Igloolik’s Arnait Video Productions women’s collective, which has been filming Inuit women’s stories since 1991 based on cultural authenticity and community involvement.  It is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival.  Set in 1840, some Inuit tribes still have never met any white people, although rumors circulate about what they might be, where they come from, and why.  The film draws on history to imagine the fate of one village, and one family, to explore the impact of European presence in the Arctic. 

Thursday, December 6: The Necessities of Life

The last film in our 2012 series will be The Necessities of Life. Far from home, an ailing Inuit hunter experiences a rebirth and finds hope again when he forges an unlikely friendship with a young boy.  In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City.  Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent.  When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization that Tivii’s illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being.  She arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution.  The boy is also sick, but has experience with both worlds and speaks both languages.  By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy. 

For more information about this film, please click here.  This film is Rated PG for thematic materials and brief mild language.  This film screening is free and open to the public, made possible, in part, by Reel Pizza.

Friday, January 25: Nanook

On January 25th, join us at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor for a special encore performance of Nanook, as scored and presented by the instrumental trio the Sumner McKane Group.  This group of talented musicians will bring to life the 1922 silent film, Nanook of the North.  Mark your calendars now as seating is limited.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and will be available for purchase from the Abbe Museum in November.