The Abbe Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to announce its participation in the Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos II program. This online exhibit, a partnership with the Indian Township School, is a preview of the full exhibition that will be displayed at the Abbe Museum in September of 2015 during the Acadia Night Sky Festival.
Headline News: Wabanaki Sovereignty in the 21st Century introduces eight topics commonly covered in the media, through first person voice of Wabanaki political and cultural leaders. The exhibit explores the ways in which the Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes are asserting their sovereignty in relation to international borders, veterans, identity, language, the emerald ash borer, gaming, hunting and fishing rights, and environmental management.
Native Americans have lived in Maine for thousands of years. Their story begins today and extends back, some say, to time immemorial.
In 1928, the Abbe Museum became the first institution in Maine to support archaeological research. Today, that tradition continues with ongoing research, testing and the annual field school. In this exhibit you will visit a few of the sites that the Abbe has excavated since 1928.
Indians and Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount
Desert Island 1840s-1920s highlights the role that Mount Desert Island played in the cultural and economic survival of Wabanakis (the collective name for Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indians). Offering a focused look at the seasonal interactions of Wabanakis and summer rusticators (summer residents from the large urban areas of the Northeast), it will profile various personalities, especially the iconic
Penobscot Indian showman Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, whose
unforgettable presence on Mount Desert Island spanned 60 years of the Rusticator Era. Visit the online exhibit >
A collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum.
The Waponahki Student Art Show brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Passamaquoddy and Penobscot students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. Visit the online 2012 Waponahki Student Art Show >
As guests of the Waponahki Student Art Show, we are invited on a unique journey into the imaginations of these young people; through their expressive works of art we glimpse their lives, culture and natural surroundings. Eagles, salmon, ravens, deer, bears, medicine wheels, dream catchers, trees, flowers and people dancing are some of the images you will see captured in crayon, paint, construction paper, colored pencil and collage.
This annual exhibit provides Waponahki youth a chance to share their creativity and feelings with the people of Maine and beyond. Native children have a unique culture and outlook on life from which to draw inspiration and the pride in their heritage is clearly evident in the works of art that make up this exhibition. From whimsical to spiritual, simple to serious, the opportunity to be creative and to share that with the public gives these students a chance to express themselves in a way that they feel comfortable with.
We all know that museums are the caretakers of a wide variety of objects, archives, and art. This exhibit looks at how museums care for their collections, and protect them from the affects of agents of deterioration such as light, humidity, fire and pests. At the same time, museum staff must balance the needs of an object with the educational mission of the museum. At the end of the day, however, the museum staff love their collections and are tasked with protecting them from the myriad threats they face.