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Historical Items

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Item 105006

Commemorative Monroe Indian peace medal, ca. 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1817 Media: Bronze

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Item 105014

Commemorative Madison Indian peace medal, ca. 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1809 Media: Bronze

Item 108786

Wabanaki peaked hat, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Boston Children's Museum Date: circa 1820 Media: Wool, glass bead, silk ribbon

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.