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Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

Vacation Days at the Abbe!

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You’re invited to a morning of family-oriented storytelling and activities! John Dennis, Mi’kmaq, will kick off our celebration by telling traditional Wabanaki stories about water. Afterwards, our education team will be on hand to facilitate crafts, games, and face painting. Be sure to check out our new exhibit, wolankeyutomon: Take Care of Everything while you’re here!

SCHEDULE
11:00AM-11:45AM Storytelling with John Dennis, Micmac
11:45AM-12:30PM Educator Lead Activities and Face Painting

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Abbe’s Curator of Education, Starr Kelly, at (207) 288-3519 or starr@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
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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May
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sieur de Monts Opening Day

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Summer is officially here, and we’re thrilled to open our original location! Join us at The Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts on our opening day for games, activities, crafts, and face painting. Rain or shine! And be sure to stop inside the museum and check out the new Emerald Ash Borer Exhibit - The Basket Tree!

These activities are free with the cost of admission. For more information, contact the Abbe Museum Education Team at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Strawberry Celebrations

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Come celebrate the first ripening berry at our annual Strawberry Celebrations! This event features strawberry themed foods, stories, activities, and talks that highlight the importance of the heart berry in Indigenous culture. This free event is appropriate for all ages. Any questions? Contact the Education Team at educator@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519.

12 pm: Opening and Strawberry Toast
Curator of Education, Starr, Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, will open the Strawberry Celebrations by introducing visitors to the cultural concepts of the strawberry and its importance in Indigenous communities. Stay and partake in a traditional Strawberry Drink, a sweet beverage consumed during this time of year as a way of giving thanks for the Earth’s bounty.

1 pm-1:30 pm: Wabanaki Strawberry and Fruit Baskets
Wabanaki basketmakers are renowned for their strawberry and fruit baskets. Our education team will share some of these unique items from our collections. This curated talk will highlight the significance of fruit baskets in Wabanaki culture and how they emerged as an art form.

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Jul
21
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 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, life, and sustenance.

This program is brought to you in conjunction with the Abbe Museum’s 2019 exhibit wolankeyutomon: Take Care of Everything. This collaborative exhibition between Maritime Indigenous Artists, Inc. (MIA) and the Abbe Museum explores the relationship between people and water. It features original artwork by Indigenous artists living in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian Maritimes (from Connecticut to Labrador). Be sure to visit the exhibit after the program!

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
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sieur de Monts Family Fun Day

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This annual event is a summertime favorite! Come visit Sieur de Monts to enjoy a few hours of family fun with the Abbe Education Staff. We’ve got games, crafts, activities, and face painting to share with you! All are welcome to join in the fun, rain or shine.

These activities are free with admission to the Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts,. For more information, contact Abbe Museum Education at educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Aug
22
12:30 PM12:30

Star Gazing at the Abbe Museum

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A special treat for our visitors! John from Northern Stars Planetarium will have his portable planetarium on site to teach us about the night sky and its importance to peoples across the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to sit inside an inflatable planetarium to hear stories and learn more about the cosmos. This program is geared toward families with young children.

Stick around after the program and make your own constellation viewer with an Abbe Educator in our Community Gallery!

Participation in this program is $10 per person and is free for Abbe Museum members. Space is limited, reservations are required. To reserve a spot please contact educator@abbemuseum.org.

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Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Indigenous Representations and Stereotypes

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In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, the Abbe Museum Education Team will be hosting a discussion about stereotypes and Indigenous representations in American pop culture. This arch of dialogue will present the images prevalent in American society relating to Indigenous peoples, investigate why these images exist, and look new efforts of self-representation among Native peoples. This program is excellent for families though might not be ideal for those under the age 9.

This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please inquire by email educator@abbemuseum.org or calling us at 207-288-3519.

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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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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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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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