2020 Thoreau Wabanaki Festival

July 22-27


Moosehead Lake from the Indian Trail, Mt. Kineo

Wednesday – Monday, July 22 -27
The Center for Moosehead History
6 Lakeview Street, East Cove
Greenville, Maine
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
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
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.

Summer 2019 Festival
was made in partnership with the Natural Resource Education Center
and Shaw Public Library, both of Greenville, with Maine Archives and Museums, and Maine Woods Forever.

Wednesday, July 24
10 am – 4 pm
A Thoreau Saunter Up Little Moose Mountain
Guided by naturalist Wendy Weiger of Greenville, Maine
(Limited registration, advanced sign-up necessary, $15 per person)

Wednesday, July 24MooseinBog
7 pm
All About Moose
Presented by Maine’s Lead Moose Biologist Lee Kantar of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; organizer of the 2019 North American Conference on Moose.
Moose calling demonstration by outdoorsman Eric Ward of Big Moose Township.


Thursday, July 25    * See Separate Page for this Workshop Registration
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  
Wabanaki Culture & Collections:
Interpreting Native Histories and Artifacts from a Decolonized Perspective

Learn first-hand how to interpret and present Maine’s indigenous stories and artifacts, from a Wabanaki perspective. Directors from the Abbe Museum and from the Penobscot Nation offer a great day with professional expertise for museum directors, staff, teachers or anyone interested in understanding and interpreting Maine history, Native American stories, and collections.  Included in the day are some best practices in the care of Native artifacts and in interpreting history and landscape from a decolonized point of view.

This Wabanaki workshop is hosted by the Moosehead Historical Society & Museums
in partnership with Maine Archives & Museums.

Louis Annance

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

Workshop Itinerary 10 am – 3 pm
10:00 – 10:15 am – Welcome by Suzanne M. AuClair, Director of the Moosehead Historical Society & Museums
10:15 – 11:15 am – How to Communicate Native American Content & Care for Collections, presented by Jodi DeBruyne, Director of Collections and Research, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor
11:15 – 12:15 pm – Can We Decolonize Educational Spaces? presented by Starr Kelly, Curator of Education, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor
12:15 -1:15 pm – Catered lunch provided
1:15 – 2:15pm – Penobscot Sense of Place, presented by James E. Francis, Sr., Tribal Historian and Director of Penobscot Nation’s Cultural & Historic Preservation Department
2:15 – Break
2:30 – 3 pm – Concluding remarks


Thursday, July 25, 7 pm
Conservation Easements: How They Create Varied Wildlife Habitat Across the Landscape
Presented by the Forest Society of Maine’s Kristin Peet, Forestland Conservation Specialist, and Erica Kaufmann, Forestland Easement Steward of the greater Moosehead Lake Region

Friday, July 26
11 am   Little Explorers Archeology program
With L.C.  Bates Museum, Goodwill-Hinkley, at Shaw Public Library, Greenville,
Children explore natural history & Maine Native American’s use of tools.
3:30 pm  Live Owls! See & Learn all about these fascinating birds
Chewonki Foundation’s Traveling Natural History Program
11:30 am-3 pm  Lily Bay Mystery Islands Canoeing Day Trip
lead by Bob Frederick (Limited registration; advanced sign-up necessary. $15 per person)
6:30 pm  So What’s the Big Deal About Moosehead Brook Trout?
Moosehead Regional Fisheries Biologist Tim Obrey of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

All programs take place at The Center for Moosehead History, unless otherwise noted. The hike and paddling trips meet at The Center before leaving for their destinations.

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


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