Wabanaki encampment, Bar Harbor, ca. 1890
This postcard shows the Wabanaki sale tents at the southeast end of Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor during the 1890s.
Wabanaki Indians (especially the Passamaquoddies and Penobscots) came to Mount Desert Island seeking relief from the confines of reservation life, along with the economic opportunities presented by a popular resort. For them, the island was a familiar place long frequented by their ancestors for fishing, hunting, and gathering and the rusticators who vacationed there provided a new opportunity to earn a living while remaining true to their heritage.