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Historical Items

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Item 104441

Lucy Nicolar Poolaw and Bruce Poolaw, Indian Island ca. 1940

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1940 Location: Indian Island Media: Postcard

Item 105027

Lucy Nicolar and Mary Ranco, Indian Island, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Old Town Media: Ink on paper

Item 104985

Jennifer Sapiel Neptune beaded pouch, Indian Island, 2019

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2019 Location: Indian Island Media: Wool, cotton, silk, glass bead

Online Exhibits

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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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Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.

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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.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment

-Chisholm’s Mount Desert Guide, 1888 Indian Encampment advertisement, 1880s X Wabanakis who traveled to Mount Desert Island were entrepreneurial…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis & Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s

Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis & Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s Adapted from an exhibit at the Abbe Museum ; narrative text by…

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

… one local stated, alongside the island girls, an Indian woman going to church “looked like a bird-of-paradise in a barn-yard.” From Bar Harbor…

My Maine Stories

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Why environmental advocacy is critical for making baskets
by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune

My advocacy work for the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

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Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation

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Masters and apprentices
by Theresa Secord

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