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Item 23489

Birchbark bucket, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: 1900 Media: Birchbark

Item 23495

Birchbark wastebasket, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1900 Media: Birchbark

Item 23498

Model birchbark canoe, 1936

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: 1936 Location: Princeton Media: Birchbark, spruce root


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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.


Gluskap of the Wabanaki

Creation and other cultural tales are important to framing a culture's beliefs and values -- and passing those on. The Wabanaki -- Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot -- Indians of Maine and Nova Scotia tell stories of a cultural hero/creator, a giant who lived among them and who promised to return.


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. 

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Abbe Museum

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Inns

And he was a birchbark craftsman. He used to do a big business with birchbark frames. He didn’t have to go to Bar Harbor to sell them because people…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Canoe race, Kenduskeag Stream, Bangor, 1865

… in Bangor, ten Penobscot Indians in five birchbark canoes engaged in a race on the Kenduskeag Stream.