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Tribal History: How Wabanaki People Have Lived & Worked and Faced Challenges Here

Maine Memory Network

The four Wabanaki tribes in Maine—Micmac, Maliseet, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy—have been here since long before Europeans arrived and Maine became a state.

We will discuss tribal history in Maine, and learn about the significant challenges and advances among Native Americans in Maine over the years. This is part of our ongoing series of bicentennial shows about Maine's history.


Chris Newell, executive director, Abbe Museum; senior partner to Wabanaki Nations

Donald Soctomah, historian and director of cultural resources, Passamaquoddy Tribe

Richard Silliboy, basketmaker with the Micmac Tribe

Brian Reynolds, tribal citizen and tribal administrator, Houlton Band of Maliseets


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.