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.
When Europeans arrived in North America and disrupted traditional Native American patterns of life, they also offered other opportunities: trade goods for furs. The fur trade had mixed results for the Wabanaki.
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.
In the beginning, there were the Wabanaki… Wabanaki encampment, ca. 988 BCEItem Contributed byAbbe Museum Nearly 500 years ago, Wabanakis…
Wabanaki encampment, Bar Harbor, ca. 1890Item Contributed byAbbe Museum In the olden days, from about 1860 to 1900, I well remember that Indian…