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Historical Items

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Item 80729

Wabanaki guides with canoes, Bar Harbor, 1881

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: 1881 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Stereograph

Item 80716

N.M. Francis and his wife in a canoe, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: circa 1912 Location: Old Town; Indian Island Media: Postcard

Item 80748

Picture frame, Passamaquoddy, Late 19th – early 20th century

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Media: birchbark, ash, sweetgrass

Exhibits

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Umbazooksus & Beyond

Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.

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Gifts From Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms

According to legend, the Great Spirit created Gluskabe, who shaped the world of the Native People of Maine, and taught them how to use and respect the land and the resources around them. This exhibit celebrates the gifts of Gluskabe with Maine Indian art works from the early nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries.

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Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Indians & Rusticators Indian Encampment Album

1893 Item 80755 infoAbbe Museum Miniature Canoe Joseph Nicholas, Passamaquoddy ca. 1893 Birch bark, cedar, spruce root, ash

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Indians & Rusticators Indian Encampment Album

1880 Item 80735 infoAbbe Museum Birch bark has been an essential material for the Wabanaki for generations, used to create everything from canoes

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment

… skins of seal and deer, baskets of birch-bark, moccasins, bead-work, snow-shows, gulls’ breasts, stuffed birds, clubs, carved sticks, bows and…