Wabanaki participants at the Maine Centennial, Portland, 1920

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Wabanaki people congregated around a tipi at the "Indian Village" in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, during the Maine Centennial in 1920.

While the tent they used 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 inside of the tent, good for aroma and easy access for the sick.

This image was on page nine of the Thursday, July 1, 1920 issue of the Portland Evening Express.

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  • Title: Wabanaki participants at the Maine Centennial, Portland, 1920
  • Creator: Portland Evening Express
  • Creation Date: 1920-06-30
  • Subject Date: 1920-06-30
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.2978
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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