Feb
18
4:30 PM16:30

The World's Oldest Field Recordings w/ Donald Soctomah and Dwayne Tomah

Photo by Rogier van Bakel, Eager Eye Photography

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Join the Abbe Museum for a one of a kind educational experience with Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy Language Teacher. For the first time, Donald will be presenting the world’s oldest anthropological field recordings, preserved on wax cylinders in 1890. This collection includes Passamaquoddy narratives, vocabulary, number lists, and songs, and are the earliest known field recordings of Native Americans on wax cylinders.

Come hear Donald speak about the work being done by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Library of Congress, and get a glimpse of the project’s next steps. Then listen to the original recordings and modern versions, based on the transcriptions, and hear Dwayne present a few songs in person.

This event is free and open to the public at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, museum doors will open at 4 pm. Questions? Contact Starr at starr@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519.

NOTE: In the event of snow, this program will be rescheduled to February 25, 2019.

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Feb
19
11:00 AM11:00

Vacation Days at the Abbe!

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In celebration of Mid-Winter School Break, the Abbe Museum will be opening its doors from 11 am-12:30 pm for families with children looking for something to do. Join us in our Learning Lab for stories, crafts, games, and face painting!  Plus, admission is free in April thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank — including this program!

Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org


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Feb
20
11:00 AM11:00

Vacation Days at the Abbe!

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In celebration of Mid-Winter School Break, the Abbe Museum will be opening its doors from 11 am-12:30 pm for families with children looking for something to do. Join us in our Learning Lab for stories, crafts, games, and face painting!  Plus, admission is free in April thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank — including this program!

Questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org


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Mar
7
1:00 PM13:00

AMIM Collections Program

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In anticipation of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), May 17-19, the Education Team is hosting specialized programs for visitors interested in learning more about Wabanaki artforms. Join us for an interactive talk in our Archeology Lab where we will bring out special items from our collections -- this month we are featuring both historic and contemporary Wabanaki birchbark art.

This is a free program open to the public. Space is limited, please register by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org

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Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

wolankeyutomun Exhibit Opening

Ma vie en suspens (My suspended life) by Ginnete Kakakos Aubin, 2018

Ma vie en suspens (My suspended life) by Ginnete Kakakos Aubin, 2018

Join us at the Abbe Museum on Thursday, March 21 from 5 to 7 pm for the opening of our newest exhibit - wolankeyutomun: Take Care of Everything. This exhibit, a collaboration with Maritime Indigenous Artists, Inc., explores the protection of waters sacred to the Wabanaki and the conservation of sea-life living in those waters. It features original artwork created by Indigenous artists living in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian Maritimes.

Tickets for the opening are $10 per person and can be purchased here. Abbe members are free.

To learn more, please contact the Abbe Museum at info@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519.

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Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Indigenous Film Festival Lead Up Series: Kissed By Lightning

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Join the Abbe Museum education team at Reel Pizza Cinerama for a celebration of Indigenous films each month as we gear up for the second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival this May 17-20.

Our featured film in March is Kissed by Lightning directed by Shelley Niro (Mohawk). Mavis Dogblood is a Mohawk painter who keeps the memory of her dead husband Jessie Lightning alive through the recreation of stories he would tell her. Jessie was a musician whose compositions continues to haunt Mavis. Mavis has a potential lover waiting for her to absolve her grief and continue in the world of the living. Mavis is delivering a series of paintings to New York. On the trip to New York she decides to visit Jessie's grandmother Josephine. Here Mavis is given permission to love her friend and lover Bug.

 This is a free program with a suggested donation of $5. Have questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Apr
12
1:00 PM13:00

AMIM Collections Program

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In anticipation of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), May 17-19, the Education Team is hosting specialized programs for visitors interested in learning more about Wabanaki artforms. Join us for an interactive talk in our Archeology Lab where we will bring out special items from our collections. This month we are featuring our staff’s favorite items from the collection -- these items are not currently on display and will be a unique opportunity for you and your family to learn about Wabanaki art.  

This is a free program open to the public. Space is limited, please register by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org


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Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

Indigenous Film Festival Lead Up Series: Before Tomorrow

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Join the Abbe Museum education team at Reel Pizza Cinerama for a celebration of Indigenous films each month as we gear up for the second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival this May 17-20.

Our last film in the lead up series will be the award winning Before Tomorrow (2008).  The setting is in a small Inuit community in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec in the 1840s, the film stars Madeline Ivalu as Ninioq, an Inuk elder isolated with her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu) after most of their community perishes from smallpox transmitted by strange traders. "Their adaptation moves the setting from northeast Greenland to northwest Ungava (Nunavik) and from the 1960s to the 1840s, when explorers and whalers began to trade with local Inuit and transmitted contagious diseases." The film was shot near Puvirnituq in Nunavik, northern Quebec.

 This is a free program with a suggested donation of $5. Have questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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May
10
11:00 AM11:00

AMIM Collections Program

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In anticipation of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), May 17-19, the Education Team is hosting specialized programs for visitors interested in learning more about Wabanaki artforms. Join us for an interactive talk in our Archeology Lab where we will bring out special items from our collection -- this month we are featuring Wabanaki artists who will be at this year’s market. Come see exquisite items and learn more about the artists you will meet at AMIM.

This is a free program open to the public. Space is limited, please register by emailing educator@abbemuseum.org


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May
17
10:30 AM10:30

Beadwork Demonstration w/ Karen Ann Hoffman, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

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Join us on Friday May 17 from 10:30 am - 3 pm for a demonstration with renowned beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. This demonstration is part of a series of events from the Abbe Education Team celebrating the kick off of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM).

Karen Ann is a well-known raised beadwork artist from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a beadwork student of Samuel Thomas and the late Lorna Hill, who also holds a Masters Degree in Human Development with an emphasis on Cultural Identity. Her beadwork is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Memorial Hall Museum of Deerfield, MA, the New York State Museum, and the Field Museum of Chicago. She has exhibited in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, and Massachusetts. An advocate for Native Arts, Karen Ann has curated opportunities to showcase Native art at museums and galleries across Wisconsin. She is a board member of the Wisconsin Arts Board where she chairs the Wisconsin Woodland Indian Arts Initiative.

Join Karen Ann at the Abbe Museum for a demonstration of her art and hear about her experiences at art markets like AMIM.

This program is free with the cost of admission and is open to the public at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org


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May
17
11:30 AM11:30

wolankeyutomun Educator Led Exhibit Tour

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The Abbe is hosting an educator led tour of our temporary wolankeyutomon exhibit. This show, a collaboration between Maritime Indigenous Artists, Inc. (MIA) and the Abbe Museum, explores the protection of waters sacred to the Wabanaki and the conservation of sea-life living in those waters. It will feature original artwork created by indigenous artists living in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian Maritimes (from Connecticut to Labrador).

Space for this tour is limited, please register with educator@abbemuseum.org


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May
17
12:30 PM12:30

wolankeyutomun Artist Led Exhibit Tour

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The Abbe is pleased to announce that for the first time ever we will be hosting an artist led tour of our temporary exhibit wolankeyutomon which translates to take care of everything. Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy, and Starr Kelly, Anishinabeg, will be co-facilitating a discussion of their artwork which is featured in this space and their interpretation of the themes presented. This show, a collaboration between Maritime Indigenous Artists, Inc. (MIA) and the Abbe Museum, explores the protection of waters sacred to the Wabanaki and the conservation of sea-life living in those waters. It will feature original artwork created by indigenous artists living in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian Maritimes (from Connecticut to Labrador).

Space for this tour is limited, please register with educator@abbemuseum.org


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May
17
1:30 PM13:30

wolankeyutomun Artist Demonstration with Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy

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Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy, a featured artist in the Abbe Museum’s latest exhibit wolankeyutomon will be hosting a basketmaking demonstration on Friday, May 17 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. This demonstration is part of a series of events from the Abbe Education Team celebrating the kick off of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM).

Frances grew up learning the traditional art of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry from her grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker. Frances uses her artwork as a way to connect with her grandmother, the ancestors who came before her, and Creation. 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. Frances works at Wabanaki Public Health currently and will be an artist at the Abbe Museum Indian Market.

This program is free with the cost of admission and is open to the public at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org


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Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Indigenous Film Festival Lead Up Series: The Silent Enemy

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Join the Abbe Museum education team at Reel Pizza Cinerama for a celebration of Indigenous films each month as we gear up for the second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival this May 17-20.

For February we will be featuring the classic 1930 film, The Silent Enemy featuring Penobscot actress Molly Spotted Elk. In the Canadian Northwest, the Chippewa tribe struggles to find food before the onset of winter. Chief Chetoga agrees with the hunter Baluk to move north toward the caribou herds, despite the protests of Dagwan, the medicine man. After the move, hunting proves unsuccessful, despite the numerous animals around them. Chetoga's daughter, Neewa (Spotted Elk) mocks Baluk, but when Chetoga dies, he is made the new chief. When his people remain without food, the tribe turns against him.

 This is a free program with a suggested donation of $5. Have questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Screening: Stagecoach (1939)

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Join the Abbe Museum at the Criterion Theatre’s presentation of Stagecoach (1939). Stagecoach is widely regarded as a quintessential film in the Western genre. It stars John Wayne, and is considered a masterpiece- but there’s no denying that films like Stagecoach have shaped the public perception of Indigenous Culture. The Abbe Museum will host a panel immediately following the film, where we will discuss how media reinforces harmful stereotypes, and how America’s enduring fascination with the Wild West continues to impact Native Peoples.

For information about tickets please contact the Criterion Theatre at info@criteriontheatre.org or (207) 288-0829.

This event is part of Maine Film Center’s state-wide film festival celebrating the 125-year legacy of director John Ford. Click here to learn more and be sure to check out the trailer below.

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Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Indigenous Film Festival Lead Up Series: Dance Me Outside

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Join the Abbe Museum education team at Reel Pizza Cinerama for a celebration of Indigenous films each month as we gear up for the second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival this May 17-20.

This lead-up series will feature a film each month until May, starting with the cult classic , Dance Me Outside (1994).  The story examines the tension between Native Canadians and Anglos in Canada from a Native perspective. Silas Crow, who lives on a Northern Ontario reserve, wants to take a mechanic's course in Toronto with his friend Frank Fencepost. But before he can enroll, the teen must write a short narrative describing his home. The film is a series of vignettes from Crow's narrative. The teenagers deal with everything from relationships to trying to find their place in this world today; but when you are from a Native community, fitting in is harder than you may think.

This is a free program with a suggested donation of $5. Have questions? Contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

WHOOPIE! Archaeology

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Join us for a celebration of archaeology (and whoopie pies)! Kristen Barnett, PhD (Unagx/Aleut) of Bates College will be presenting - She is the Center: Indigenous Archaology at Temyiq Tuyuryaq, focused on the importance of studying landscapes through an Indigenous lens.

From Dr. Barnett:
A number of scholars have invested time in observing and discussing the inherently gendered ‘nature’ of the landscape. As an Indigenous scholar I am directed toward concepts of nature and specifically, our mother earth, our peoples, and celestial beings. Mother earth is impregnated with our past, cradling our lives and our ancestors in her womb, from which they once came, and returning to us in an archaeological context, if you will. I argue that it is irrelevant as to whether or not your ideology fits within this Indigenous belief system, archaeologists engaging in pre-colonial ‘sites’ of study are entrenched in a culturally gendered landscape. In my research I explore Temyiq Tuyuryaq, named for the three women whose lives were taken at the mouth of the bay. Overturning concepts of the colonial ghost, I approach the cultural landscape through a mode of continuity as lived by the Yup’ik community of Tuyuryaq and consider the gendered experience of place throughout the last 1200 years in Bristol Bay Alaska.

Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members and can be purchased online here, reservations required.

This is event is sponsored by Mount Dessert Bakery!

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Oct
29
9:00 AM09:00

New Exhibit Opens - The Basket Tree

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In recent decades, a new threat has endangered the basketmaking tradition in Maine -- the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle which kills ash trees. On May 29, 2018, the presence of the emerald ash borer beetle in Maine was officially confirmed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.

Ash and sweetgrass baskets are one of the best-known Wabanaki art forms, and many people make or supplement their income through basket production. The Abbe’s new exhibit, The Basket Tree co-curated by Darren Ranco (Penobscot) and Jennifer Neptune (Penobscot), explores the ability of the Wabananki to protect this important cultural resource on and off reservation lands, so that livelihoods of Maine’s Indian basketmakers can continue and flourish for generations to come.

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Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Dawnland Screening

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The Abbe Museum and the Criterion Theatre are partnering to present the film Dawnland. The film offers an important look at the devastating effects of child removal on Indigenous communities.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. These children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

In conjunction with the film, we are honored to host two speakers Esther Anne, of Maine- Wabanaki REACH, and Dawn Neptune Adams, a participant of the film, at this screening of Dawnland to share their perspectives.

Costs: $12 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets for the show are available through the Criterion Theatre. 

This film and program are being hosted at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine. Please reach us at educator@abbemuseum.org with questions. 

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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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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
22
10:00 AM10:00

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

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The Abbe Museum is excited to be participating in the 2019 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! On Saturday, September 22 we will be free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders in a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion across cultural institutions.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring the women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture,and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

Museum Day tickets are available for download here. For a list of participating institutions please visit this link.

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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
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
13
3:00 PM15:00

3 Nations Anthology: Native Canadian & New England Writers Book Event

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Join us at the Abbe Museum for a one of a kind book event with several authors sharing excerpt readings. 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers explores the shared borders and heritage of the northeast US, Atlantic Canada, and Sovereign Tribal Nations. The poems, essays, and short stories in this collection speak of the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common. Several of the regional authors featured in the book will be joining us including Cheryl Savageau, Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, Sonja Johanson, Carl Little, Sarah Xerar Murphy, Bruce Pratt, Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Lee Sharkey, and Karin Spitfire (see reader bios here).

This program is free with admission to our downtown location and will be hosted in our Community Gallery. Questions? Please contact us at educator@abbemuseum.org

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
22
11:00 AM11:00

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

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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: Abbe Museum downtown (rain location)

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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