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.

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Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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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
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
20
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: People of the First Light

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Join us for a free tour of our permanent exhibit, People of the First Light. This half hour tour will introduce you to the Wabanaki Nations and our main exhibit. Acclaimed for its collaborative approach, emphasis on Indigenous perspective and its commitment to telling the full measure of history and lasting impacts of colonization, People of the First Light is a one of a kind experience.

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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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
27
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: People of the First Light

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Join us for a free tour of our permanent exhibit, People of the First Light. This half hour tour will introduce you to the Wabanaki Nations and our main exhibit. Acclaimed for its collaborative approach, emphasis on Indigenous perspective and its commitment to telling the full measure of history and lasting impacts of colonization, People of the First Light is a one of a kind experience.

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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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.

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Aug
30
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Sep
5
10:00 AM10:00

Raised Beadwork Class

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

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. Refunds are not available. 

 

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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
5
7:00 PM19:00

Acadia Night Sky Cruise

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In partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch, we are proud to present several exciting Night Sky Cruises during Acadia Night Sky Festival featuring Wabanaki storytelling.

Departs at 7 PM (boarding begins at 6:15PM).

Trip time: 2.5 hours. Returns at 9:30PM.

Prices – Adults $40, Senior $35 (62 older), Juniors $30 (14 or younger).

Join us on the 130’ jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night sky. BHWW naturalist Zack Klyver will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean looking up at the darkening night sky while listening to a selection of enjoyable celestial themed music pieces including the theme to Superman, ET, Bolero by Ravel and Star Wars by John Williams. We then turn our attention to the night sky from the top and bow of the boat with local expert naturalist and amateur astronomer Lynn Havsall. We will learn stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the amazing universe we live in. Lynn will use a laser pointer to call out and describe constellations, planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Trips are weather dependent – please call after 3:00 pm on the day of the tour to make sure the trip is still going out.

  • Please know these tours are popular and often sell out early. We limit the number of passengers to provide ample viewing. Please make your reservation as early as possible.

  • If the tour is sold out you may show up and wait to see if there are people who do not show – fifteen minutes before departure these seats will become available.

Buy tickets HERE

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Sep
6
10:30 AM10:30

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Acadia Night Sky Cruise

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In partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch, we are proud to present several exciting Night Sky Cruises during Acadia Night Sky Festival featuring Wabanaki storytelling.

Departs at 7 PM (boarding begins at 6:15PM).

Trip time: 2.5 hours. Returns at 9:30PM.

Prices – Adults $40, Senior $35 (62 older), Juniors $30 (14 or younger).

Join us on the 130’ jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night sky. BHWW naturalist Zack Klyver will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean looking up at the darkening night sky while listening to a selection of enjoyable celestial themed music pieces including the theme to Superman, ET, Bolero by Ravel and Star Wars by John Williams. We then turn our attention to the night sky from the top and bow of the boat with local expert naturalist and amateur astronomer Lynn Havsall. We will learn stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the amazing universe we live in. Lynn will use a laser pointer to call out and describe constellations, planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Trips are weather dependent – please call after 3:00 pm on the day of the tour to make sure the trip is still going out.

  • Please know these tours are popular and often sell out early. We limit the number of passengers to provide ample viewing. Please make your reservation as early as possible.

  • If the tour is sold out you may show up and wait to see if there are people who do not show – fifteen minutes before departure these seats will become available.

Buy tickets HERE

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Acadia Night Sky Cruise

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In partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch, we are proud to present several exciting Night Sky Cruises during Acadia Night Sky Festival featuring Wabanaki storytelling.

Departs at 7 PM (boarding begins at 6:15PM).

Trip time: 2.5 hours. Returns at 9:30PM.

Prices – Adults $40, Senior $35 (62 older), Juniors $30 (14 or younger).

Join us on the 130’ jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night sky. BHWW naturalist Zack Klyver will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean looking up at the darkening night sky while listening to a selection of enjoyable celestial themed music pieces including the theme to Superman, ET, Bolero by Ravel and Star Wars by John Williams. We then turn our attention to the night sky from the top and bow of the boat with local expert naturalist and amateur astronomer Lynn Havsall. We will learn stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the amazing universe we live in. Lynn will use a laser pointer to call out and describe constellations, planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Trips are weather dependent – please call after 3:00 pm on the day of the tour to make sure the trip is still going out.

  • Please know these tours are popular and often sell out early. We limit the number of passengers to provide ample viewing. Please make your reservation as early as possible.

  • If the tour is sold out you may show up and wait to see if there are people who do not show – fifteen minutes before departure these seats will become available.

Buy tickets HERE

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Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

Dialogue Tour: Native Representations in Museums

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We are pleased to announce a new dialogue opportunity for those ready to have an honest and open conversation regarding Native representation in museums by looking at both historical and new decolonizing practices. This is meant to be an interactive program where visitors are asked to share their experiences in museums and ultimately consider the real-life impact harmful representations have had on Native communities.

Participants must sign up ahead of time. Please contact educator@abbemuseum.org to reserve a spot on this tour. This program is free with admission to our downtown location.

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Acadia Night Sky Cruise

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In partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch, we are proud to present several exciting Night Sky Cruises during Acadia Night Sky Festival featuring Wabanaki storytelling.

Departs at 7 PM (boarding begins at 6:15PM).

Trip time: 2.5 hours. Returns at 9:30PM.

Prices – Adults $40, Senior $35 (62 older), Juniors $30 (14 or younger).

Join us on the 130’ jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night sky. BHWW naturalist Zack Klyver will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean looking up at the darkening night sky while listening to a selection of enjoyable celestial themed music pieces including the theme to Superman, ET, Bolero by Ravel and Star Wars by John Williams. We then turn our attention to the night sky from the top and bow of the boat with local expert naturalist and amateur astronomer Lynn Havsall. We will learn stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the amazing universe we live in. Lynn will use a laser pointer to call out and describe constellations, planets, stars, and distant galaxies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Trips are weather dependent – please call after 3:00 pm on the day of the tour to make sure the trip is still going out.

  • Please know these tours are popular and often sell out early. We limit the number of passengers to provide ample viewing. Please make your reservation as early as possible.

  • If the tour is sold out you may show up and wait to see if there are people who do not show – fifteen minutes before departure these seats will become available.

Buy tickets HERE

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Sep
10
10:30 AM10:30

Dialogue Tour: Native Representations in Museums

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We are pleased to announce a new dialogue opportunity for those ready to have an honest and open conversation regarding Native representation in museums by looking at both historical and new decolonizing practices. This is meant to be an interactive program where visitors are asked to share their experiences in museums and ultimately consider the real-life impact harmful representations have had on Native communities.

Participants must sign up ahead of time. Please contact educator@abbemuseum.org to reserve a spot on this tour. This program is free with admission to our downtown location.

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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
13
10:30 AM10:30

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Sep
20
10:30 AM10:30

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Raised Beadwork Class

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

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. Refunds are not available. 

 

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Sep
27
10:30 AM10:30

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Raised Beadwork Class

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

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. Refunds are not available. 

 

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Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: People of the First Light

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Join us for a free tour of our permanent exhibit, People of the First Light. This half hour tour will introduce you to the Wabanaki Nations and our main exhibit. Acclaimed for its collaborative approach, emphasis on Indigenous perspective and its commitment to telling the full measure of history and lasting impacts of colonization, People of the First Light is a one of a kind experience.

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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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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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Aug
8
10:30 AM10:30

Dialogue Tour: Native Representations in Museums

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We are pleased to announce a new dialogue opportunity for those ready to have an honest and open conversation regarding Native representation in museums by looking at both historical and new decolonizing practices. This is meant to be an interactive program where visitors are asked to share their experiences in museums and ultimately consider the real-life impact harmful representations have had on Native communities.

Participants must sign up ahead of time. Please contact educator@abbemuseum.org to reserve a spot on this tour. This program is free with admission to our downtown location.

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Aug
7
1:00 PM13:00

Kid's Activity Time at the Abbe!

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The Abbe Museum is hosting outdoor children’s activities at our downtown location. Get active and get moving in our backyard space as Abbe educators lead a program for your young ones. If it’s raining, we will move inside and host art projects and tell stories. No matter what a fun time is guaranteed!

This program is free with admission and open to all. Questions? Email us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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Aug
6
2:00 PM14:00

Butterfly Keepers Club

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The Abbe Museum is pleased to offer a brand new program for families interested in connecting their children with nature, culture, and art in new ways: the Butterfly Keepers Club. Young people who participate in this club will learn the role of butterflies in an ecosystem and their cultural significance to the Wabanaki and other Indigenous communities. Each participant will be given a caterpillar to observe and twice a week we will meet to discuss their development, hear stories, and create art. Through this program, youth are encouraged to learn more about traditional ecological knowledge, as well as western science regarding pollinators and the environmental threats that are endangering these species. This club is meant to engage youth in learning and caring about the environment using an environmental education design where they will not only build their knowledge and understanding of the topics but also foster attitudes of caring and responsibility, build skills to resolve challenges, and execute active strategies to overcome those challenges.

Participants must sign up ahead of time. This program costs $45 per child and is recommended for those 5-12 years of age. Meetings will be held once a week for 2 1/2 weeks (August 6 to 20).  Become an Abbe Museum member and get this program for free for up to two of your children. Interested? Sign up by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org or by calling (207) 288-3519. Refunds are not available.

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Aug
6
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: People of the First Light

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Join us for a free tour of our permanent exhibit, People of the First Light. This half hour tour will introduce you to the Wabanaki Nations and our main exhibit. Acclaimed for its collaborative approach, emphasis on Indigenous perspective and its commitment to telling the full measure of history and lasting impacts of colonization, People of the First Light is a one of a kind experience.

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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Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Keepers Club

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The Abbe Museum is pleased to offer a brand new program for families interested in connecting their children with nature, culture, and art in new ways: the Butterfly Keepers Club. Young people who participate in this club will learn the role of butterflies in an ecosystem and their cultural significance to the Wabanaki and other Indigenous communities. Each participant will be given a caterpillar to observe and twice a week we will meet to discuss their development, hear stories, and create art. Through this program, youth are encouraged to learn more about traditional ecological knowledge, as well as western science regarding pollinators and the environmental threats that are endangering these species. This club is meant to engage youth in learning and caring about the environment using an environmental education design where they will not only build their knowledge and understanding of the topics but also foster attitudes of caring and responsibility, build skills to resolve challenges, and execute active strategies to overcome those challenges.

Participants must sign up ahead of time. This program costs $45 per child and is recommended for those 5-12 years of age. Meetings will be held twice a week for 2 1/2 weeks (August 6 to 20).  Become an Abbe Museum member and get this program for free for up to two of your children. Interested? Sign up by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org or by calling (207) 288-3519. Refunds are not available.

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Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Basketmaking Demonstration with Molly Neptune Parker & Geo Neptune

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Photo by Rogier van Bakel, Eager Eye Photography

Master basketmakers Molly Neptune Parker and Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy, will be at our downtown location for a basketmaking demonstration. Molly is the matriarch of four generations of basketmakers and is a National Heritage Fellow. Geo an award winning artist is well in the basketmaking community for their vibrant use of colors and storytelling which is woven into each piece they make. Bring the family and add this to your #summerattheabbe bucketlist.

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

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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
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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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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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
26
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Tour: Emergence

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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
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sieur de Monts Family Fun Day

DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THE LOCATION OF THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED TO OUR DOWNTOWN LOCATION: 26 MOUNT DESERT STREET, BAR HARBOR

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. 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
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
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
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
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.

No refunds, spots are trasnferrable.

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
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
18
11:00 AM11:00

Cultural Connections in the Park: Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot

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Image credit: Eager Eye Photography

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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