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Lewiston in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki

Lewiston, Maine

— The Museum in the Streets —

 
 
10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. 10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki Marker
Inscription.  
Welcome to part of the Wabanaki homeland, Wabanakis—the People of the Dawnland—are the Indigenous peoples of northern New England and southeastern Canada. The four federally recognized peoples in Maine are the Penobscots, Passamaquoddies, Micmacs, and Maliseets. Other communities in western Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are known as Abenakis. About 10,000 years ago, as the glaciers melted, Wabanakis' ancestors began studying this land and how to live with it. At that time, caribou hunters camped near today's Auburn-Lewiston Airport. As the climate warmed, Wabanakis hunted moose, gathered acorns, and paddled birchbark canoes. Because they adapted to changing climate, and, later to, the challenges of colonization, they still inhabit the Dawnland they call home.

Bienvenue en territoire Wabanaqui. Le « Peuple des terres de l'aube" inclut let tribus autochtones du nord de la Nouvelle Angleterre et du sud-est canadien. Les quatre tribus reconnues dans le Maine par le Gouvernement Fédéral sont let Penobscots, Passamaquoddys, Micmacs et Malécites. Les Abénaquis s'installent à l'ouest
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du Maine, dans le New Hampshire et le Vermont. Il y a 10 000 ans, à la fonte des glacier, les ancêtres des Wabanaquis observent la nature et s'y adaptent. Les chasseurs de caribous installent leurs campements près de l'aéroport actuel de Lewiston-Auburn. Lorsque le climat se réchauffe, les Wabanaquis chassent les origneaux, récoltent des glands et fabriquent des canoës en écorce de bouleau. Grâce à leur capacité d'adaptation au changement climatique puis au défi de la colonisation, il restent bien présents sur les terres de l'aube où ils sont chez eux.
 
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets. (Marker Number L15.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Auburn-Lewiston, Maine series list.
 
Location. 44° 5.578′ N, 70° 13.384′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is on Auburn Riverwalk just east of Oxford Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Beech St, Lewiston ME 04240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cities of the Androscoggin (here, next to this marker); River Pollution and Restoration / Pollution et Restoration de la Rivière
10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. 10,000 Years of Wabanaki History / 10 000 Ans d'Histoire Wabanaki Marker
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wabanaki History / Les Wabanaquis (about 600 feet away); Bonney Park (about 600 feet away); Canal System / Les Canaux (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Bonney Park (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Cities of the Androscoggin (about 600 feet away); Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2024. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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