Near Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Acadia National Park
Long before Europeans arrived, Wabanaki people hunted, fished, gathered berries, and harvested clams on what we now call Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. For generations, Wabanaki craftspeople sold handmade ash and sweet-grass baskets to wealthy tourists and guided summer residents in birch bark canoes around Frenchman Bay. As their ancestors did for thousands of years, Wabanaki people today continue their unique and enduring relationship with this land through tribal gatherings and cultural traditions.
Visit the original Abbe Museum, up the paved path, to see Wabanaki objects from 12,000 years ago to today. Dr. Robert Abbe (above) who summered in Bar Harbor, began the collection with stone tools he saw in a store window. He sketched these drawings of artifacts and his concept of the museum, which opened in 1928 thanks to support from his close friend George B. Dorr.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 21.712′ N, 68° 12.449′ W. Marker is near Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker can be reached from Suier de Monts Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the Sieur de Monts Nature Center in Acadia National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Wigwam/wikuwam (a few steps from this marker); Acadia’s Founding Father (within shouting distance of this marker); George Bucknam Dorr (within shouting distance of this marker); Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Acadian Lights (approx. one mile away); Volcanic Landscape Exposed (approx. one mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cadillac Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of birch bark canoes. A portrait of Dr. Robert Abbe and pictures of Wabanaki artifacts appear at the top of the marker.
The bottom of the marker contains photographs of “The Burnuwurbskek Singers, a Penobscot male drum group, perform[ing] on the summit of Cadillac Mountain”; “David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy, demonstrat[ing] how to build a traditional birch bark canoe”; and “Wabanaki women danc[ing] at the annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market in Bar Harbor”.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.