Before Maine was Maine and counties were counties, ancestors of the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, collectively known as the Wabanaki, lived in the region for thousands of years. Native Americans made a way-of-life from the area's natural resources and their knowledge and understanding of the land, waterways and four seasons. Their practices of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and trading food and medicine to take care of one another sustained communities for hundreds of generations.
Here are several resources to learn more about the Wabanaki Nations, the people, history, culture, traditions and stories from the past and present:
Aroostook Band Of Micmacs Website: www.micmac-nsn.gov
From the website, you can learn about Micmac people whose history and culture in the areas now called Maine, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada dates back thousands of years. The Micmac Cultural, Community and Educational Center is located at 7 Northern Drive, Presque Isle in Aroostook County
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Website: www.maliseets.com
From the home page of the website, you can read about the Maliseets' history in the region of what is now considered the eastern border line of the United States and Canada. The tribal headquarters is located in Littleton, near Houlton in Aroostook County.
Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkokmikuk, Indian Township - Website: www.passamaquoddy.com
Explore the site to learn about the Passamaquoddy Tribe and their two locations within Washington County. The Our People menu includes a link to the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary/language portal.
Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik, Pleasant Point - Website: www.wabanaki.com
The website includes an introduction to the Pleasant Point peninsula and people, and offers many resources, including a link to maps and data of the region.
Penobscot Nation, Indian Island - Website: www.penobscotnation.org
Link directly to the Cultural & Historic Preservation department HERE for information and resources, including the Penobscot Nation Museum and Che Molly's Trading Post, near Old Town in Penobscot County.
Maine Historical Society - "Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art" exhibition is on view through February 1, 2020. Location: Maine Historical Society 489 Congress Street, Portland
Note: This page to grow in resources and features over 2019-2020!