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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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
20
to Aug 24

Abbe Museum Summer Camp

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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
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
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
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: 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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