Wabanaki

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A new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society examines the experiences of the First People of Maine: the Wabanaki. Our panel explores the Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans. They'll also discuss reciprocity through the topics of self-governance, trading, the environment and resource management, basketmaking, and medicine and health.


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The rapidly changing climate in Maine and New England is affecting lives – those of the people who depend on the region’s waters, as well as the species that live there. At the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, a new exhibit explores the connection between the First People and the northern waters, and how that relationship is evolving in reaction to climate change and pollution.

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Nearly two decades ago, Maine passed a law requiring that Native American history and culture be taught in the hundreds of elementary and high schools across the state. Today many schools are still a long way from fulfilling that goal, but a new initiative in Maine's largest city could help restore an educational focus on Wabanaki Studies.

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The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is receiving almost $170,000 in federal grant money to support its efforts to 'decolonize' exhibits — and to help other institutions do the same.

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Before Europeans settled on the East Coast, the Wabanaki tribes had open access to all of Maine's natural resources, from eels to ash, and sweetgrass to salmon. 

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The inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market takes place in Bar Harbor May 18-20. The market will support Wabanaki artists and the local community. We’ll discuss the art of the Wabanaki, its effect on the local economy and learn about events taking place to celebrate the inaugural event.

Racism Today

Aug 24, 2016
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How do we define racism today? On one hand we have a new surge of exclusionary attitudes and racial conflicts, while we also have increased awareness and extreme sensitivity over racial issues. We'll look at the history of racism, andhow it is playing out in today's society -- especially here in Maine.

Guests:

Prof. Brian Purnell, Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Dr. Kenneth Lewis, pastor of Green Memorial AME Zion Church

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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Oct. 15 at 11:00 am

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is the nation's first task force dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system.

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A  25 year old Passamaquoddy man is in South Africa this week to take part in a gathering of young leaders.