Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Strawberry Celebrations

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Want a tasty way to kick-off the summer months and warm weather? Visit the Abbe Museum and learn about the importance of the strawberry in various Indigenous cultures while participating in a variety of activities. This is sure to please the senses of those young and old! These celebrations do not require registration and are included in the price of admission.


Schedule

11:00 am-12 pm: Story Hour and Activity
Visit the Learning Lab at 11 am and hear the story of the first strawberry. Young people will have the opportunity to stay and create their own artistic representation of strawberries while reflecting on its importance in various woodland Native cultures.
 
12 pm: Opening and Strawberry Toast
Curator of Education, Starr, Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, will host an opening to the Strawberry Celebrations by introducing visitors to the cultural concepts of the strawberry and its importance in her own community as well as others. Stay and partake in a traditional Strawberry Drink, a sweet beverage consumed in many Native communities during this time of year as a way to give thanks for the Earth’s bounty.

1 pm-1:30 pm: Wabanaki Strawberry and Fruit Baskets
Wabanaki basketmakers are renowned for the strawberry and fruit baskets and our education team will share some of these unique items from our collections with visitors. This curated talk will go over the significance of this type of basket in Wabanaki culture and how it emerged as an art form.

Have a question about the event? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jun
27
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: The Burnurwurbskek Singers

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Kick-off the 2018 Cultural Connections in the Park program series with the Burnurwurbskek Singers, a men’s drum group from the Penobscot Nation at Indian Island, Maine. This group has been performing traditional Wabanaki songs for audiences across Maine and other states for many years. This performance on top of Wapuwoc, or the “white mountain of the first light,” is a cultural demonstration that will captivate audience members of all ages.

Location: Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.
 

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Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Hawk Henries Flute Making Demonstration

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Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Nipmuck flute maker and musician, Hawk Henries. Hawk has been creating flutes using only hand tools and fire for over 25 years! Are you curious about how they are made? Hawk will offer a demonstration of the process, technique, and tools used. You’re even welcome you to try your hand at various steps!

Come ask questions, get to know his perspectives, stories, and philosophy regarding flute making and life. Hawk will also be hosting a performance later in the day and it’s a can’t miss event! 

Hawk’s demonstration will be from 11 am-12 pm and his performance will be at 1-2 pm. All are welcome and the price is included with admission. Have a question about the event? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Hawk Henries Flute Making Performance

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Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Nipmuck flute maker and musician, Hawk Henries. As a musical artist, Hawk serenades with his gift of music and stories, playing a variety of flutes and sharing his perspectives about life. His warm, thoughtful presence literally fills the room as he creates a calming yet engaging, contemplative space, maintaining a note of humor. His music reflects his belief that we each have the capacity to make a change in the world. 

He has three original CD's, First Flight, Keeping the Fire, and Voices. He is also featured on the compilation CD Tribal Winds. His music has been used in a variety of films and documentaries, some of which won or were nominated for Emmy awards.

Hawk’s demonstration will be from 11 am-12 pm and his performance will be at 1-2 pm. All are welcome and the price is included with admission. Have a question about the event? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jul
3
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe!

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Are you ready for your best summer yet at the Abbe Museum? Join us each Tuesday in July for children’s programming with an Abbe educator. On sunny days we will be outdoors in our backyard playing games and running crafts inside if it’s rainy. This will be a can’t miss event, make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is program is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
5
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Gallery Tour

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Join us for a free tour of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This uniquely Wabanaki art form is centuries old and until recently has been ignored by museum professionals. Visitors will marvel at the intricate details that go into carving these clubs and better appreciate the artistry that emerge in each piece.

Be part of the #summerattheabbe experience with this free event. Space is limited, please secure a spot in person before the tour or by emailing us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Native American Festival & Basketmakers Market

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The Native American Festival & Basketmakers Market celebrates 25 years on July 7, 2018, with a new location at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location. The Festival is free and open to the public and features the celebrated Native arts market, Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations, and a silent auction. A collaborative partnership between the Abbe Museum and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA), the Festival offers visitors, collectors, and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. 

Sponsored generously by Maine Public, there is undoubtedly something for everyone at the Native American Festival & Basketmakers Market. Proceeds support the non-profit teaching and apprenticeship programs of MIBA.

Follow the Festival on Facebook for up-to-date information, including the day's schedule of events. 
 

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Jul
10
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe!

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Are you ready for your best summer yet at the Abbe Museum? Join us each Tuesday in July for children’s programming with an Abbe educator. On sunny days we will be outdoors in our backyard playing games and running crafts inside if it’s rainy. This will be a can’t miss event, make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is program is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy

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Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy, comes from a long line of fancy and utility basketmakers. He uses his family’s traditional knowledge and style to create beautifully woven, sturdily built utility baskets that can be used for a variety of purposes. Join Gabriel as he demonstrates the labor intensive process of preparing ash and see firsthand how his beautiful and functional art is created.
 
Location: Wigwam at Sieur de Monts

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Jul
12
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Gallery Tour

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Join us for a free tour of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This uniquely Wabanaki art form is centuries old and until recently has been ignored by museum professionals. Visitors will marvel at the intricate details that go into carving these clubs and better appreciate the artistry that emerge in each piece.

Be part of the #summerattheabbe experience with this free event. Space is limited, please secure a spot in person before the tour or by emailing us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Utility Basket Workshop with Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy

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Join Gabriel Frey, award-winning Passamaquoddy basketmaker, for a two-day workshop where you’ll be able to create your own unique basket. For as long as Gabriel can remember, brown ash basketmaking has been an important part of his life. He’s very passionate about this art form because it keeps him connected to his ancestors while ensuring that he has something of value to pass onto the next generation.  

This two-day workshop will begin at 10 am and end at 5 pm each day. Registration required, space limited. The cost of this workshop is $200.

For more information, or to register, contact Abbe Museum Curator of Education Starr Kelly at (207) 288-3519 or starr@abbemuseum.org.

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Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Raised Beadwork Class

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Starr Kelly, Algonquin, will be hosting a raised beadwork basics class in July for those interested in trying their hand at traditional beadwork. Participants will have their own creation to bring home at the end of the day and learn first hand from a contemporary artist.

Starr is from the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. She works in both flat and raised beadwork techniques and draws inspiration from the traditions of her community and modern twists on classic styles.

Registration is $50 and includes all the costs of materials. Space is limited, please register for the event by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
17
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe!

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Are you ready for your best summer yet at the Abbe Museum? Join us each Tuesday in July for children’s programming with an Abbe educator. On sunny days we will be outdoors in our backyard playing games and running crafts inside if it’s rainy. This will be a can’t miss event, make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is program is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
18
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot

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Sarah Sockbeson is one of the several young basketmakers who take Wabanaki traditions to a new level with their contemporary styles. A member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, Sarah apprenticed with basketmaker Jennifer Neptune and combines contemporary elements such as painting and bone carving into her work. Known for her vivid color combinations and beautiful landscape paintings, Sarah will demonstrate the various steps within her artistic process.

Location: Jordan Pond House Lawn, Acadia National Park

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Jul
19
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Gallery Tour

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Join us for a free tour of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This uniquely Wabanaki art form is centuries old and until recently has been ignored by museum professionals. Visitors will marvel at the intricate details that go into carving these clubs and better appreciate the artistry that emerge in each piece.

Be part of the #summerattheabbe experience with this free event. Space is limited, please secure a spot in person before the tour or by emailing us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

Fancy Basket Workshop with Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaqoddy

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The Abbe is pleased to announce that our popular fancy basket workshop with Passamaquoddy Master Basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker is back! As the recipient of the 2012 Traditional Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Molly has been leading these workshops at the Abbe for years.

In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn how to weave their own lidded fancy basket under the guidance of Molly and her apprentices. Register soon! Slots fill up fast!

This two-day workshop will begin at 10 am and end at 5 pm each day. Registration required, space limited. The cost of this workshop is $250.

For more information, or to register, contact Abbe Museum Curator of Education Starr Kelly, at (207) 288-3519 or starr@abbemuseum.org.

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Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jul
23
11:00 AM11:00

Sea Creatures of the Wabanaki Coast

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The Abbe Museum is partnering with Kyle Pepperman from the Down East Institute to host a touch tank experience for families! Kyle and Abbe educators will be on hand to answer all the questions you have regarding the sea critters who live on the Wabanaki coast and how these animals are an important part of Wabanaki culture and life. Make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is event is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
24
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe!

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Are you ready for your best summer yet at the Abbe Museum? Join us each Tuesday in July for children’s programming with an Abbe educator. On sunny days we will be outdoors in our backyard playing games and running crafts inside if it’s rainy. This will be a can’t miss event, make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is program is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
25
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy

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Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy, grew up learning the traditional art of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry from her grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she earned her degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. Frances has interned with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) and completed a fellowship in the Development Department at the Peabody Essex Museum. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Frances’ basketmaking demonstration and ask her questions about her art form.

Location: Jordan Pond House Lawn, Acadia National Park

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sieur de Monts Family Fun Day

The Abbe Museum has been part of family vacations and outings for 90 years! Continue the tradition and visit us for Family Fun Day at our Sieur de Monts location! All are welcome to join us in festivities sure to please everyone young and old. Abbe educators will be playing games, running craft activities, and providing face painting.

This is a free event with admission to the Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Gallery Tour

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Join us for a free tour of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This uniquely Wabanaki art form is centuries old and until recently has been ignored by museum professionals. Visitors will marvel at the intricate details that go into carving these clubs and better appreciate the artistry that emerge in each piece.

Be part of the #summerattheabbe experience with this free event. Space is limited, please secure a spot in person before the tour or by emailing us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

View Event →
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

View Event →
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jul
31
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe!

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Are you ready for your best summer yet at the Abbe Museum? Join us each Tuesday in July for children’s programming with an Abbe educator. On sunny days we will be outdoors in our backyard playing games and running crafts inside if it’s rainy. This will be a can’t miss event, make this part of your #summerattheabbe experience!

This is program is being hosted at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location and is free with admission. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Aug
1
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Gina Brooks, Maliseet

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Gina Brooks, Maliseet, will be hosting a moose hair embroidery and birchbark etching demonstration in Acadia National Park. Gina is one of few artists still practicing moose hair embroidery, a unique northeastern woodland art form utilizing thick moose hair tufts to produce vibrant and intricate designs. Gina will be on hand to guide visitors through her process and answer any questions. 
 
Location: Nature Center at Sieur de Monts

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.
 

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Aug
1
5:30 PM17:30

The Abbe Midsummer

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The Abbe Museum is excited to host The Abbe Midsummer once again in the Museum's backyard. This event celebrates the importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists and Native communities throughout Maine. Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee, The Abbe Midsummer consists of Native-inspired cuisine, auctions featuring exquisite Native artwork, festive entertainment, and other surprises you won’t want to miss.

 The majority of the auction items will be on exhibit at the Abbe for a month before the event. They can also be viewed online at abbemuseum.org/midsummer

Tickets for the evening are $150 per person and $1,200 per table. To RSVP, please visit abbemuseum.org/midsummer, email the Abbe Museum at midsummer@abbemuseum.org, or call 207-288-3519. Absentee bidding and underwriting opportunities are also available for those who cannot attend. 
 

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Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

View Event →
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Gerald “Butch” Jacobs, Passamaquoddy

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Passamaquoddy basketmaker Gerald “Butch” Jacobs is not only a master of the fine skills required to weave brown ash baskets, but a master of preparing this labor-intensive material. Pounding the raw log with the blunt side of an axe, Butch will demonstrate how to separate the growth rings of the tree and how to split and scrape them until they become the smooth, shiny, beautiful strips of ash used to create baskets. This program is a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of the basketweaving process, from preparing the materials to the finished product.
 
All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.
 
Location: Wigwam at the Sieur de Monts

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September. 
 

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Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

View Event →
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Aug
15
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Hawk Henries, Nipmuck

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Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Nipmuck flute maker and musician, Hawk Henries. Hawk has been creating flutes using only hand tools and fire for over 25 years! Are you curious about how they are made? Hawk will offer a demonstration of the process, technique, and tools used. You’re even welcome you to try your hand at various steps!

Hawk will be hosting a performance early in the day where visitors will be able to enjoy his original songs! Come ask questions, get to know his perspectives, stories, and philosophy regarding flute making and life later in the day during his demonstration. This is a can’t miss event for the entire family! 

Hawk’s performance will be from 11 am- 12 pm and his demonstration will be at 1 pm- 2 pm.
 
Location: Nature Center at Sieur de Monts

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

View Event →
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Raised Beadwork Basics Workshop

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We’re happy to announce an opportunity for visitors to learn about raised beadwork and its legacy in Northeastern Indigenous communities. The Abbe’s Curator of Education, Starr Kelly, from Kitigan Zibi First Nation, will be hosting a class on beading basics and the technique of raised beadwork. We'll have examples from our collection on hand as well as some of Starr’s pieces.

Supplies will be provided to participants. Registration required, space limited. The cost of this workshop is $50. Sign up for membership and get the member price!

Space is limited so sign up soon! Have a question? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Aug
20
to Aug 24

Abbe Museum Summer Camp

New in 2018, we're excited to announce the Abbe's first ever day camp experience for children ages 7-12. The Abbe Museum Summer Camp is a children's day camp in Bar Harbor, where highly-experienced museum staff and Wabanaki educators oversee summertime adventures full of outdoor activities and educational opportunities. This is an interactive and thematic program for campers to experience Wabanaki history and culture first hand, with other activities mixed in to keep children active and engaged. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Please visit our website for more information and registration materials. All applications are due May 15, 2018. Space is limited.

Have questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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Aug
22
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: John Dennis, Mi’kmaq

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John Dennis of the Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation is truly a keeper of tradition. A musician and storyteller, John will entrance visitors with songs from his hand drum and the stories and teachings he has learned throughout his life. In his work in cultural preservation and youth and recreation, John strives to pass on his knowledge to the youth of the Mi’kmaq and other Wabanaki Communities. 


John will have two sets on this day, the first from 11 am- 12 pm and again at 1 pm- 2 pm.
 
Location: TBD

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Aug
29
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Jennifer Neptune, Penobscot

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Jennifer Neptune is a Master Basketmaker and a renowned beadworker from the Penobscot Nation. From Indian Island, Maine, Jennifer specializes in miniature baskets, beadwork reproductions, and porcupine quill jewelry. She has worked for the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance for over 20 years helping other artists to sell and market their work. She is also a member of the Abbe Museum board and is the head of the Penobscot Nation Museum. Join Jennifer as she demonstrates her techniques and art forms with visitors.
 
Location: Nature Center at Sieur de Monts

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

View Event →
Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Sep
1
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Sep
5
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot

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Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot, is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Penobscot Nation. Join him as he demonstrates and shares knowledge of the ancient art and technique of stone and bone tool production. 

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Maine with his primary focus being on Maine Archaeology. He is currently conducting research for his Masters of Science degree at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute with his thesis work focusing on Cultural Identity and Maritime Adaptation in Frenchman Bay, Maine. Chris is one of the lead singers of the RezDogs, an intertribal powwow drum group based out of Indian Island, Maine. He serves on the Abbe Museum board and is also an avid canoe/kayak paddler who loves being out in the Maine woods and on the waterways that his ancestors have traveled for thousands of years. 

Location: Wigwam at Sieur de Monts inside Acadia National Park

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Sep
12
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy

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Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy, is a Master Basketmaker, an activist, an educator, and a 2017 Abbe Museum Fellow. They come from a prominent family of basketmakers and most recently received a first place ribbon for their basketmaking at the 60th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Geo will be doing a demonstration for visitors to witness first hand the work it takes to make a vibrant basket.
 
Location: Jordan Pond House Lawn, Acadia National Park

All Cultural Connections in the Park programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from late June through September.

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Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Abbe Museum Annual Meeting

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You are invited to our 2018 Annual Meeting! Meet the Abbe Staff and Board of Trustees, get an update on recent initiatives and projects, check out our new exhibit Emergence - Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation, and get a peek at what’s to come for the rest of the year. Suzanne Greenlaw (Maliseet) will be our special guest speaker.
Preserving future generations of black ash trees is a focus for Greenlaw, a doctoral student in the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the School of Forest Resources and a member of the Maliseet tribe in Houlton. She also makes utility baskets and enjoys using natural dyes to add color to the creations.

For her doctoral research, Greenlaw is developing maps through GIS and remote sensing to predict where basket-quality black ash is likely to grow in the state; it’s estimated the species (Fraxinus nigra) comprises about 2–3 percent of Maine’s total forested land and, of that, about 5–20 percent is good for basketmaking.

As part of her research, Greenlaw is establishing an agreement between a commercial forest company and Wabanaki ash harvesters to permit basketmakers to harvest ash on private property.

She will share her research and knowledge during her talk, Weaving Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge to Restore Traditional Sweetgrass Harvesting in Acadia National Park.

RSVP to RSVP@abbemuseum.org or (207) 288-3519.

 

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Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jun
11
10:00 AM10:00

Birchbark Basketmaking Demo with Barry Dana, Penobscot

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The Abbe Museum is pleased to announce a basketmaking demonstration with Barry Dana of the Penobscot Nation. Barry is a teacher, artist, and former Chief of the Penobscot Nation where he was raised learning traditional skills and values from tribal elders. He creates his birchbark baskets with animal, floral, and traditional designs etched onto the surface of the bark, then decorated with porcupine quills woven on the cover and stitched together with spruce roots. 

No registration is necessary and this program is included in the price of admission. Have a question about the event? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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May
26
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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May
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sieur de Monts Opening Celebration

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Celebrate the opening of our Sieur des Monts Spring location inside Acadia National Park with a day of family fun! We’ll be kicking off the season with face painting, artifact touch tables, storytelling, games to get you moving, and healthy snacks. Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot, will host a flint knapping demonstration and will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding Wabanaki arrowhead making. Bring the family and share in the fun!

Have a question about the event? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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May
18
to May 20

Abbe Museum Indian Market

Join 70 Native American artists and performers from 40 Nations from across the U.S. and Canada who will attend the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM) on May 18-20, 2018, in downtown Bar Harbor. The event will also include a fashion show, film festival, storytelling, dancing, music, a comedy show, and other internationally acclaimed performers.

Visit www.abbemuseum.org/indianmarket for more details.

Friday, May 18
11 am          Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation Tour
1 pm            Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation Tour
5 pm            Market Kick-Off Party (buy tickets)
7–10 pm     Indigenous Film Festival
                      7 pm - MANKILLER
                      8:30 pm - Drunktown's Finest

Buy tickets for all films here. 

Saturday, May 19

10 am                 Market opens
11 am–1 pm    Performances & demonstrations
1 pm                   Native American Fashion Show
2-5 pm               Performances & demonstrations
5 pm                   Market closes
5–10 pm            Indigenous Film Festival
                             5 pm - Out of State
                             6:45 pm - Rhymes for Young Ghouls
                             8:30 pm - Our People Will Be Healed
8 pm                   Ladies of Native Comedy at The Criterion Theatre (buy tickets here)

Sunday, May 20

10 am                 Market opens
11 am–3 pm    Performances & demonstrations
4 pm                   Market closes
5–10 pm            Indigenous Film Festival 
                             5 pm - MANKILLER
                             6:30 pm - Out of State
                             8:15 pm - Rhymes for Young Ghouls

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation Tour

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In honor of the Abbe Museum Indian Market, the museum is hosting two tour slots of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This exhibit celebrates a uniquely Wabanaki art form, a centuries-old craft that has frequently been dismissed by museums and academics as not “traditionally” Wabanaki. The clubs displayed, carved from the root balls of birch and poplar trees, have been created by Wabanaki artists over hundreds of years and the exhibit highlights the diversity of themes found in root club carving throughout this time.

This tour is free with the price of admission. Space is limited, please reserve a spot by contacting educator@abbemuseum.org. 

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May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation Tour

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In honor of the Abbe Museum Indian Market, the museum is hosting two tour slots of our newest exhibit, Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. This exhibit celebrates a uniquely Wabanaki art form, a centuries-old craft that has frequently been dismissed by museums and academics as not “traditionally” Wabanaki. The clubs displayed, carved from the root balls of birch and poplar trees, have been created by Wabanaki artists over hundreds of years and the exhibit highlights the diversity of themes found in root club carving throughout this time.

This tour is free with the price of admission. Space is limited, please reserve a spot by contacting educator@abbemuseum.org. 

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May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Sacred Instructions Book Event with Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot

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The Abbe Museum is pleased to announce that Sherri Mitchell will be at our downtown location promoting her new book Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change. Drawing from ancestral knowledge, as well as her experience as an attorney and activist, Sherri addresses some of the most crucial issues of our day, such as environmental protection and human rights. Sharing the gifts she has received from elders around the world, she urges us to decolonize our language and our stories. For those seeking change, this book offers a set of cultural values that will preserve our collective survival for future generations.

This program is free with a donation made in any amount to the Abbe Museum. All are welcome.

Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Contemporary Native Fashion with Decontie & Brown

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The Abbe Museum is partnering with the Jesup Memorial Library to offer a unique opportunity to hear from two amazing Native artists. Jason and Donna Brown (Penobscot), of the brand Decontie & Brown, will be hosting an information session discussing their work, process, and involvement in the art market. They will also talk about the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM) taking place from May 18-20 in downtown Bar Harbor and the importance of juried art shows to the Native community. While Decontie & Brown will be selling their work at the market, we are especially excited about their involvement in the AMIM Fashion Show (which they are also co-producing) -- and as a bonus, attendees to this event will get a sneak peak of their newest collection ahead of its fashion show debut! You won't want to miss it!

We hope to see you at Jesup Memorial Library on May 11th from 7 to 8 pm! Light refreshments will be served at 7 pm. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

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May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Layers in Time

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Layers in Time looks at over 12,000 years of Wabanaki experience and adaptation in the homeland. This is a hands-on interactive program that is sure to be fun for the whole family!

This program is free with the price of admission. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org
 

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May
8
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Indian Market Info Session: Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy

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The Abbe Museum is partnering with the Bangor Public Library to present a unique opportunity for the community to learn about juried art markets and their importance in the Native community. Passamaquoddy Basketmaker, Gabriel Frey, will be hosting an information session about his basketry and his experiences attending markets around the country. He will also be promoting the Abbe Museum Indian Market taking place from May 18-20 in downtown Bar Harbor. Gabriel and over 70 other Native artists from across North America will be displaying and selling their art during the market. Other events during the weekend include musical performances, storytelling, a Native fashion show, and an Indigenous film festival.

We hope to see you at Bangor Public Library! This is a free event open to all.

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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Kid's Activity Time

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Every Saturday through October the Abbe will be hosting activities especially for families with children. We believe in the education of little ones and seek to provide a fun and inclusive space for children to expand their understanding of the world. Our educators will be facilitating activities throughout the season including but not limited to crafts, storytelling, touch tables, and outdoor games. Stop by and be surprised by this week’s activity!

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Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Abbe Museum Indian Market Info Session: Jennifer Pictou, Micmac

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We’re gearing up for the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market May 18-20, 2018, and invite you to join us at the Museum for an informational session with Micmac beadworker Jennifer Pictou. Jennifer won her first ribbon at the Heard Guild Indian Fair and Market in March of this year and will share her experiences and inspiration for doing juried markets.

Admission is free in April thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rhythms of the Heart: Fundraiser for the Beth Wright Center

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The Grand Theatre, in partnership with the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Abbe Museum, is proud to present Rhythms of the Heart, a film by Maine filmmaker Thom Willey. This is the story of David Moses Bridges, a Passamaquoddy craftsman who specialized in birchbark canoe making and basketry. David balanced his family life, artwork, and culture while undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness. His legacy is one of perseverance, tradition, and passion.

David was a dear friend and trustee to the Abbe Museum. He was a natural educator, who used his empathy and patience to promote the importance of traditional art and knowledge. The Abbe is proud to open our collections for this special evening to share examples of David’s artwork.   

This fundraiser aims to celebrate David’s life and legacy while offering hope and inspiration to all who attend. Ticket prices are $25 (+cash bar) and include food, film, and a curated exhibit of David’s art. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, an organization supported by David and his family.

To purchase tickets please visit tickets.grandonline.org

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Open House

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Thanks to the dedicated work of our amazing volunteers, the Abbe Museum is thriving. To show our appreciation, we are opening our doors to all local volunteers during Volunteer Week 2018.

Volunteers past, present, and new are invited to join us to enjoy food, beverages, and other goodies. Plus, get a preview of the exciting things we have planned for 2018 and sign up to volunteer for something that interests you! 

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Apr
19
3:00 PM15:00

Volunteer Open House

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Thanks to the dedicated work of our amazing volunteers, the Abbe Museum is thriving. To show our appreciation, we are opening our doors to all local volunteers during Volunteer Week 2018.

Volunteers past, present, and new are invited to join us to enjoy food, beverages, and other goodies. Plus, get a preview of the exciting things we have planned for 2018 and sign up to volunteer for something that interests you! 

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Apr
19
1:00 PM13:00

In the Collections: Abbe Museum Indian Market Artists

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The Abbe Museum Indian Market is fast approaching and we are celebrating the artists who will be attending this year’s show! Join us for an in-depth look at the local Native artists who will be attending this year’s Indian Market.  

Admission is free in April thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank! Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Kid’s Hour at the Abbe Museum

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In celebration of April vacation, the Abbe Museum will open its doors for two hours between 11am-1pm for families with children. Join us for the first hour in the Learning Lab for a story hour and crafts, and during the second hour, wander our gallery spaces and check out our new exhibit, Emergence - Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation. And, even better, admission is free in April thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank!

Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.
 

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