The Abbe Museum offers educators a wide variety of resources to bring Wabanaki history and culture into their classrooms and meet the goals of LD291.
School Programs: Visiting the Abbe
School programs at the Abbe offer students the opportunity to learn from the exhibits, as well as with objects. School programs are available year-round at the Abbe’s downtown Bar Harbor location, and seasonally at our trailside location in Acadia National Park.
- $5 per student, minimum of 12 students or $60
- Includes a 45 minute hands-on and/or interactive program and a 45 minute museum tour for a total of 1.5 hours.
- We ask that you provide at least one chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones are free.
- We can accommodate up to 50 students at one time; larger groups can be arranged with staggered start times.
Self-Guided Student Groups
- $3 per student grades 6-12, free for students grades K-5, adults with group $4, at least one chaperone for every 5 children required for discounted rate, May-October
- During November through April, during regular open hours (Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm), there is no admission charge, but we ask that you have at least one chaperone for every 5 children
Abbe In Your Classroom
If you cannot bring your class to the Abbe Museum, we can come to you. Museum educators can deliver most of our programs in the classroom, and we have developed additional programs that can be presented to larger groups such as school assemblies.
- $50 per hour of programming, plus round-trip mileage. If the program is multi-day, or a full day at more than 2 hours travel time from the Abbe Museum, per diem and overnight lodging may be charged, at rates agreed upon in advance. There may be additional charges for custom programs.
School Programs currently available:
Young students enjoy two stories to learn more about the Wabanaki Nations. Using puppets and props, students become part of the story. Teachers have the option of including an art activity or a brief exhibit tour after the stories are complete. Suggested grade level: K-4th grade, Duration 1 hour.
Students will explore the differences between Wabanaki hunters and gatherers and the farming communities of southern Maine, learn about hunter and gatherer economies through hands-on activities, and compare with a farming economy. Moving through time, student will examine objects common for trade with the first Europeans to Maine, and later the transition to a cash-based economy. Suggested grade level: 4-6th grade, Duration 1 hour.
Students use real and reproduction artifacts to learn how archaeologists can tell us what life was like before the Wabanaki had contact with Europeans explorers and traders. Students will also examine how contact with Europeans changed Wabanaki practices. Suggested grade level: 2-5th grade, Duration 1 hour.
Students will learn how environments influence the way different Native people lived. Students will explore how the Wabanaki lived and thrived as hunters and gathers in Maine’s natural environment, and compare this to Native people in the American Southwest who live as farmers and herders. Suggested grade level: 4-6th grade, Duration 1 hour.
Through hands-on study students learn about the different types of baskets made by Wabanaki weavers, and the materials and techniques used. Students then use their newfound knowledge to play the role of curator and document a “new addition” to the Abbe Museum’s Collection. Suggested grade level: 4-6th grade, Duration 1 hour.
During this interactive program, Abbe Museum educators examine and explain stereotypes about Native Americans commonly found in the pop culture and media depictions. Through discussion, students will have the opportunity to directly address stereotypes they may have encountered and learn how to move beyond these. Suggested grade level: 7-12th grade, Duration 1 hour.
As a leader in the state for Wabanaki education, the Abbe Museum offers many resources for teachers. We offer a wide range of classroom and reference material for use by educators, available for download. The Abbe also provides professional development opportunities for teachers, including workshops and in-service trainings.
Lesson Plans - Grades 3-5
- Pre-Contact Life, Micmac
- Atlatl Data Collection Form
- Dice Game
- Flag Teacher Guide
- Symbols and Government
- Thinking about Trade Economies
- Wikhikon (Birchbark Maps)
- Flag Images - to come
- Wikhikon Images - to come
Lesson Plans - Grades 6-9
Background Material and Resources
- Announcement of U.S. Support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Evaluating Resources
- Final Report of the Wabanaki Studies Commission October 2003
- Headline News exhibit catalog
- Kikehtahsuwiw: It Heals exhibit
- N’tolonapemk Our Relatives Place exhibit
- N'tolonapemk informational booklet
- Naming the Dawnland - Wabanaki Place Names on Mount Desert Island
- Online Resources for Teaching Wabanaki Studies
- People of the First Light Encounters Allies and Adversaries
- People of the First Light Encounters Artists and Traders
- People of the First Light Encounters Colonization and Human Rights
- People of the First Light Encounters Penobscot River
- People of the First Light main exhibit text
- People of the First Light Map
- Report of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission
- Sovereignty Perspective in the 21st century
- Saint Sauveur: A Meeting of Nations exhibit
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Useful Resources
- Wabanaki People a Story of Cultural Continuity
- Wabanaki Resistance and Healing- An Exploration of the Contemporary Role of an Eighteenth Century Bounty Proclamation in an Indigenous Decolonization Process
- Wabanaki Studies in Maine Classrooms - Resources and Tools
- Who Were the Red Paint People 2002
Passamaquoddy Animal Names
For more information about any of these educational resources, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 288-3519.