FOUR DIRECTIONS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IS DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE FOUR WABANAKI TRIBES IN MAINE THROUGH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT.
Micmac Cultural Community Education
7 Northern Road, Presque Isle, Maine
If the road leads you to northern Maine, stop in and visit the the Micmac Cultural Community Education Center and see their exhibit about the Micmac people and culture.
Museum Hours: Monday, through Friday 8 am - 4 pm
Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic
2 Sarah Springs Drive, Suite 2, Indian Island, Maine
Take a tour of Indian Island with of of the department’s knowledgeable and friendly guides. A trained guide will take you to visit many of the the Penobscot Nation’s buildings, departments, and programs; as well as the Penobscot Cultural Medicine Trail, a boardwalk trail featuring sculptures by Penobscot artist Tim Shay. The department also runs Che’Molly’s Trading Post selling books, videos, and Penobscot crafts.
Princess Watawahso’s Teepee & Family
1 Down Street, Indian Island, Maine
Built in 1947 by Penobscot tribal member Lucy Nicolar Poolaw and her Kiowa husband Bruce Poolaw, the two story wooden teepee quickly became a tourist attraction and popular Indian basket and craft shop. One of the first buildings seen as you cross the bridge to Indian Island, it has been lovingly restored by Lucy’s nephew Charles Norman Shay. The teepee now serves as a family museum dedicated to the memory of Mr. Shay’s relatives, ancestors, and to the history of the Penobscot Nation.
The Penobscot Nation Museum
12 Down Street, Indian Island, Maine
This small and informative museum is dedicated to to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of the Penobscot and Wabanaki people. The museum’s collections span thousands of years of history from prehistoric stone tools, ceremonial root clubs, a birch bark canoe, clothing, beadwork, photographs, and a large collection of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry. The Penobscot Nation Museum promotes respect for their people, heritage, and strong connection to the Earth and their ancestors. Small gift shop offering books, videos, and gifts.
Museum Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 am - 2 pm, Saturday by appointment
Admission: donations appreciated, small fee for groups of 10 or more.
The Maine State Museum
230 State Street, Augusta, Maine
The Maine State Museum features exhibits focused on the prehistory, history, and the environment of Maine. The exhibit ‘12,000 Years in Maine’ walks you through thousands of years of Maine’s human prehistory and features over 2,000 archeological objects. Four floors of exhibits, educational programs, and thousands of objects make this an fun and educational place to spend a day.
Museum Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, state holidays and state government closure days.
Admission: Adults $2, Children (ages 6-18) $1, children under 6 - free; family maximum charge - $6; Senior citizens (62 and older) $1
Indian Township Museum
US Route 1, Indian Township, Maine
Located just 30 miles north of Calais, the Indian Township Museum is a must see if you are in the area. Featuring a large collection of ash and sweetgrass basketry, porcupine quill baskets, beadwork, regalia, historic photographs, war clubs, paddles, and birchbark work - including some by Tomah Joseph. There is also a gift shop with crafts, books, CDs, and DVDs by Passamaquoddy tribal members for sale.
Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Waponahki Musuem & Resource Center
59 Passamaquoddy Road, Pleasant Point, Maine
Dedicated to the preservation of language and culture, the Waponahki Museum has on display numerous ash and sweetgrass baskets, basketry tools, beaded artifacts, snowshoes, historic photographs, fishing nets and sinkers. Also on display is the birchbark artwork of Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy artist who developed a close relationship with former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of Tomah Joseph’s intricately decorated birchbark canoes may be seen at the museum.
Phone: 207.853.2600 ext. 227
Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 am - 12 noon
Admission: $5 per person
The Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
Located in downtown Bar Harbor, the Abbe Museum focuses on the the history and culture of Maine’s Native people, the Wabanaki. The museum offers innovative changing exhibitions, special programs and talks, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools, and crafts workshops. The museum has a large gift shop with baskets, jewelry, carvings, and artwork from Wabanaki artists. A second location, featuring archeology exhibits, is open from spring through fall at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park. For information about prehistoric, historic, and contemporary Native people of Maine the Abbe Museum is a must see.
Museum Hours: May through Mid October, Daily 10 am - 5 pm, call for winter hours
Admission: Adults $3, Children (ages 6-15) $1, Free to Native Americans and Abbe members.
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