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.

The Abbe Museum is located at 26 Mt Desert St., Bar Harbor, Maine. From November through April they’re open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The original Acadia National Park location is at 49 Sweetwater Circle, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine. They’re closed for the winter, but open again in May.

You can learn much more on their website, or check them out on Facebook for more timely information on programs. You can call them on 207-288-3519.

We also love the L.C. Bates Natural History Museum in Hinckley, Maine. Learn more about it here.

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