2020 Thoreau Wabanaki Festival

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

July 22-27

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Moosehead Lake from the Indian Trail, Mt. Kineo

2020 ITINERARY
Wednesday – Monday, July 22 -27
THOREAU WABANAKI TRAIL FESTIVAL
The Center for Moosehead History
6 Lakeview Street, East Cove
Greenville, Maine
and
on Sugar Island, Penobscot River
in collaboration with the Penobscot Nation
Indian Island, Maine

Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 pm, Center Moosehead History
ALL ABOUT MOOSE with Lee Kantar, Maine Moose Expert,
Recipient of National Award for Groundbreaking Moose Study

Thursday, July 23, 6:30 pm, Center Moosehead History
PENOBSCOT SENSE OF PLACE with James E. Francis, Penobscot Tribal Historian,
Director of the Penobscot Nation’s Cultural & Historic Preservation Department

Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm, Center Moosehead History
ISLANDS OF MOOSEHEAD LAKE with Eric Ward,
Outdoor Expert, Greenville native

Friday, July 24, 10 pm – midnight, Lily Bay State Park
DARK SKY, BRIGHT STARS with Colin Caissie
Co-founder Dark Sky Maine; Central Maine Astronomical Society

Saturday – Monday, July 25-27, Penobscot River
THE LAST LEG OF THOREAU’S CANOE TRIP MADE WITH GUIDE JOE POLIS
Canoe/Camp/Cultural Activities with Penobscot Nation Guides, on the Penobscot River
by special arrangement, for immediate details
call Moosehead Historical, 207-695-2909 or email: mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net

This is a two-and-a-half day total cultural immersion trip with guides/historians from the Penobscot Nation, embracing the spirit of the Thoreau Wabanaki Trail Festival.
Cost: $300/person

Saturday, July 25
Participants meet at the Indian Island Boat Launch by 8 am. Introductions made, gear and people load-in to travel to launch site. Introduction to canoes, paddling strokes, then team up to paddle to Sugar Island.

Lunch, set-up camp, introduction to cultural activities that may include: basket making, flintknapping, plant walk, wood carving, nature walk to wigwams, cultural & historic presentations.

Dinner, night campfire & talking circles, Penobscot drumming & singing.

Sunday, July 26
Cultural activities throughout the day, some time to enjoy the island on your own, swim, paddle a birch bark canoe. Participants may bring back their own basket, carving or tool made in the Penobscot tradition.

Night campfire, talking circle, Penobscot drumming & singing.

Monday, July 27
After breakfast, pack and load out gear.
Canoe from Sugar Island to Indian Island; depending on time of day, lunch will be provided either on the river or on Indian Island.
Visit the Penobscot Nation Museum.
Say Good-byes and Depart

Suggested Pre-Trip Reading
The Maine Woods – Henry David Thoreau
The Wildest Country – J. Parker Huber
Penobscot Man – Frank Speck

The Thoreau Wabanaki Trail Festival promotes the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Maine’s unique cultural heritage and natural resources, made famous here in the Moosehead Lake Region.

We celebrate naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods and the culture and heritage of the Wabanaki people. Penobscot Nation Chief Joseph Attean and guide Joseph Polis guided two of the three Thoreau trips, launched from Moosehead Lake.

The Wabanaki trails were traditional Native American canoe routes on the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Allagash rivers. Moosehead Lake links two ancient Native carries, to the West Branch of the Penobscot and Allagash rivers, and to the Penobscot’s North Branch and the St. John River. The cliffs of Mt. Kineo, an important summering and tool-making place to the Wabanaki people, rises from the depths of Moosehead Lake.

Louis Annance

Louis Annance, Chief of the St. Francis Abenakis, long-time resident of Greenville, Main

All programs take place at The Center for Moosehead History, unless otherwise noted.

For any information, call the Moosehead Historical Society & Museums, 207-695-2909
or email: mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net.

 

.    THE MOOSEHEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUMS    .
Our Mission: to devote our resources to the discovery, identification, collection, preservation and interpretation of materials that document the history of the Moosehead Lake Region watershed and its people, past and present.  We seek to collect and record items of significance and to acquire and hold by purchase, gift, devise, bequest, grant or otherwise, real and personal property necessary or advantageous for the realization of the foregoing purposes.

The Moosehead Historical Society
is a registered 501C3 non-profit organization, No. 23 7138146.
Call: 207-695-2909 or Email: mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net