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Maine Indians, Maine Centennial, Portland, 1920

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Maine Indians, Maine Centennial, Portland, 1920

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Passamaquoddy or Penobscot Indians around a tipi at the "Indian Village" in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, during the Maine Centennial in 1920.

While the tent was canvas, the traditional birch bark wigwam was quite similar.

Several families could fit into each of the tents at Deering Oaks Park. The inside of the tent was organized as wigwams were in the early days, with a fire in the center and an opening above the tent to let smoke out.

Sleep arrangements were strictly followed: men slept near the entrance with their wives, elderly slept in the back of the tent, boys on the right side and girls on the left.

Usually medicinal plants were hung on the insides of the tent, good for aroma and easy access
for the sick.

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  • Title: Maine Indians, Maine Centennial, Portland, 1920
  • Creation Date: 1920
  • Subject Date: 1920
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Black and white photograph, glass negative
  • Dimensions (cm): 13 x 18
  • Local Code: 2005.061.2978 5x7; Coll. 1949 #2978
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald Glass Negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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