Native American Culture is Thriving in Maine

“Are there really Native Americans living in

Maine today?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions from our visitors.

Of the more than five million Native people living in the U.S., approximately 10,000 call Maine home. Most are Wabanaki—a confederacy of Nations that today consists of the four federally recognized tribes in Maine: Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet. The Wabanaki also includes several bands of the Abenaki tribe, located primarily in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec.

Education changes everything. And at the Abbe Museum, in Bar Harbor, Maine, education is at the center of what we do—every single day. Our 30,000 guests experience a different kind of engagement that includes aesthetic, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual exploration and meaning-making.

They leave the Museum knowing that Native American culture is thriving in Maine.  

Your support is the only way we can accomplish all that we do.

Your support this spring will help change lives by providing cultural experiences that inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations. 

For as little as $30, you can directly impact our ability to offer life-changing experiences!

From all of us at the Abbe Museum, thank you for believing in what we do!

Why I Give Back: Katherine Stroud Bucklin

Abbe Museum Trustee and volunteer Katherine Stroud Bucklin grew up in rural Pennsylvania and spent portions of her summers between Northeast Harbor, ME and Watch Hill, RI. Katherine first started volunteering at the Abbe a few years ago as anAbbe Gala Committee member, and also enjoyed helping out with theAbbe Underground events.

"The Abbe staff's naturally energetic spirit and infectious enthusiasm keeps me volunteering," she said. 

One of Katherine's favorite volunteering experiences revolves around an Abbe Underground event, and while she didn't go into much detail about why, she indicated that the events "are a lot of fun!"

Katherine graciously host events and draws upon her social networking ability to act as an Abbe ambassador, helping spread the word about Wabanaki artists, the Wabanaki people and their culture, and championing the mission and work the Museum does.

Thank you, Katherine, for your support, and for believing in what we do!

You can also become avolunteer or donateto the Abbe Museum. If you have any specific questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us at or 207-288-3519.