Adirondack Museum Dispels Myths With Native Exhibit


For millennia, the ancestors of today’s Mohawk, Abenaki and other Native tribes have called the Adirondack Mountains home. Yet much of that history, not to mention present experience, has gone unrecognized. A new exhibit aims to change all that.

“We have not tackled the story of Native Americans in the Adirondacks in the past,” said David Kahn, executive director of The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, formerly the Adirondack Museum. “The institution has been influenced by the sort of general perception that Native Americans didn’t really live here full time, this hasn’t been Native territory. But it’s not true.”

Read the full article by Theresa Braine on the new exhibit in Indian Country Today.


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3 thoughts on “Adirondack Museum Dispels Myths With Native Exhibit”

  1. The only, thing is , there not saying anything about, all the Western Abenakis , that have and still live in New England . Some, Western Abenaki, come from CAND., but many, are still in their old home lands, of Northern Mass., North Eastern N.Y., Western and Southern Maine and the whole of V.T. and N.H… Also Many are spread out, across the U.S. and CAND., and some are over seas , today . They moved there, looking for jobs, schooling, homes. Just like everyone else. Roger Longtoe

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  2. I reread , this write up, and I think I may have jumped the gun, a bit. As Diane Cubit Abenaki Artist, stated. It is true that the Western Abenakis are not well known to have, always been a part of the Adirondacks of N.Y. State. This is, the side, most dont know. Why, were called the Bark Eaters/ Adirondacks, by the Mohawk. There was a fight once between us and the Mohawk. The Mohawk had fresh meat to eat. All we had was the inner bark of the white pine trees and others that can be eaten . We ate the bark at hand, and could not be pushed, from our small fort, of rock, logs and bush. So they tried to insult us, by calling us Bark Eaters, and showed us the fresh deer meat they roasted, in their fort. The fight when on for three days, and on the third night, the Mohawk, in the dark left their fort, as quick and so silent as they, could. Us bark eaters, did not know, till the light of day, they had run home. Them hills are named after, us, and I take pride in being called a Bark Eater. The same can be said about the States of Mass. and Maine, We have always lived in parts of those states but most dont know that. Now as far as V.t. and N.H. goes. These States have always Known, that we were here. Just did not want to say it, but in V.T. . Things are getting way better, and in N.H. things are a little better then they were in the past, and every one knows about the Abenakis in Q.B. CAND., They have Two RESs , up there , what can I say thats going to beat that. Roger Longtoe

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