Maine's Very Own Smithsonian Museum Is Just Begging To Be Visited
By Michelle|Published November 17, 2018
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The land we walk on in Maine is sacred. It has been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years and the stories passed down go back further than can be recalled by most people. We exist on Wabanaki Nation land and it’s important to remember that heritage each and every time we step outside and appreciate the outdoors. A great place to understand more about the Wabanaki Nation is through the Abbe Museum, Maine’s only Smithsonian-affiliated museum.
There are four Maine Indian tribes that exist today – the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy. Together they’re known as the Wabanaki, or “People of the Dawnland.” Each group has its own tribal government, schools and cultural center and they each oversee their own land and natural resources. While most of the Native population in Maine belongs to one of these federally recognized groups living on tribal lands, there are Native people living in towns across Vacationland.