The Abbe Museum has begun making its non-archaeological items available online with the goal of uploading all such items to its searchable database over the course of the next 12 months.
“We have been looking forward to sharing our collections online for a long time,” said Julia Gray, director of collections and interpretation. “With only a small portion of our collections on exhibit at any time, this gives people a chance to see so much more and to learn about Wabanaki history and culture through art and objects from anywhere in the world. We are also excited to use this as a platform to welcome Wabanaki community input and perspectives on our collections.”
Full story at Mount Desert Islander.
“People of the First Light,” the main exhibit at the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor, explores the history and culture of the native people who lived on Mount Desert Island for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Photo by Dick Broom.
By the time European explorers “discovered” the coast of Maine in the early 1600s, native people already had been living here for thousands of years.
Archaeologists have found evidence of human habitation dating back at least 5,000 years on and around Mount Desert Island.
Long before the first Europeans came, the native people had established “a well-adapted and fairly affluent life in their homeland surrounding present-day Acadia National Park,” wrote Julia Clark and George Neptune of the Abbe Museum of Maine Native American history and culture in Bar Harbor.
Full story at the Mount Desert Islander.
If nothing else, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko wants people who visit the Abbe Museum to leave with one piece of knowledge firmly planted forever in their brain: Native people still live in Maine.
“It’s amazing how many of our visitors don’t realize that,” the museum director said. “They’re always surprised.”
Read about how the Abbe Museum is telling its story in a new way. (via Portland Press-Herald)
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in Maine, will open a new permanent exhibit May 1. “People of the First Light” explores the life, history and culture of Wabanaki people.
Read the full announcement in the Portland Press Herald.
George Neptune, a Passamaquoddy basketmaker, calls the images heartbreaking. Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, director of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, says they’re challenging. And canoe maker David Moses Bridges can’t get past the sadness. “If you look into their faces you can see the sadness,” Bridges says in a recorded gallery audio tour. “You can see the pain and the suffering that they had to endure, that they are enduring at the time this photograph was taken.”
Bridges makes that observation while describing his reaction to the cream-colored photograph “Cayuse Mother and Child,” taken by Edward Curtis in 1910. It is one of two dozen images that make up the third-floor exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, “Edward Curtis: Selections from the North American Indian,” on view through May 29.
Full story at the Portland Press-Herald.
Basket by Jeremy Frey, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine.
The second annual fellowship program to help Wabanaki artists promote their work within the greater artistic communities has been announced by the Abbe Museum and Dawnland LLC.
Three fellowships will be awarded to provide support for travel, lodging and other costs associated with exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico. The submission deadline is midnight April 15.
The fellowships are part of the museum’s “efforts to foster and promote contemporary Wabanaki art in both a regional and national context,” said Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko.
Full article at the Mount Desert Islander.
This week, WCVB5 Boston’s popular Chronicle travel journal visited Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, where the sun first rises on the US East Coast. They spoke with Passamaquoddy George Neptune at the Abbe Museum about the culture and the People of the Dawnland, the Wabanakiak. Watch the video – Wabanaki footage at 2:30.