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Historical Items

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Item 10050

Penobscot band basket, Indian Island, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1880 Location: Old Town Media: Ash, dyes

Item 105016

Penobscot baskets, Portland, 1923

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1923 Location: Portland; Old Town Media: Glass plate

Item 10051

Penobscot band basket, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1860 Location: Old Town Media: Ash, dyes

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art

Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region.

Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

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.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13

A full basket will weigh about 30 pounds. The basket pictured here is 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter and 8 inches (20 cm) deep.

Site Page

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment: Behind the Scenes

… stretching hides, braiding sweetgrass, preparing ash strips, weaving baskets and, of course, socializing and playing games.

Site Page

Abbe Museum

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

My Maine Stories

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Story

The Tomah Basket
by James Boyce

Learning to make Maliseet Tomah baskets

Story

Wikpiyik: The Basket Tree
by Darren Ranco

Countering the Emerald Ash Borer with Wabanaki Ecological Knowledge

Story

Masters and apprentices
by Theresa Secord

Wabanaki basket makers learn to weave by apprenticing with master artists.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Wabanaki Studies: Out of Ash

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This lesson plan will give middle and high school students a broad overview of the ash tree population in North America, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threatening it, and the importance of the ash tree to the Wabanaki people in Maine. Students will look at Wabanaki oral histories as well as the geological/glacial beginnings of the region we now know as Maine for a general understanding of how the ash tree came to be a significant part of Wabanaki cultural history and environmental history in Maine. Students will compare national measures to combat the EAB to the Wabanaki-led Ash Task Force’s approaches in Maine, will discuss the benefits and challenges of biological control of invasive species, the concept of climigration, the concepts of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and how research scientists arrive at best practices for aiding the environment.