May 07, 2021

Reservation life to be topic of Abbe Museum lecture

BAR HARBOR — Wayne Newell, a Passamaquoddy educator, will be the featured speaker for the third talk in the Abbe Museum’s fall series.

Newell will speak on “20th Century Reservations” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Gates Center on the campus of College of the Atlantic. His talk will explore the religious, social and economic changes which occurred on the reservations in Maine during the 1900s, and how these changes affected Native American culture and the survival of traditions.

Tuesday’s talk is part of the lecture series centered on the Abbe’s fall exhibit, “History on Birchbark: The Art of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy.” Joseph (1837-1914) was deeply rooted in Passamaquoddy culture. He drew on that background while exploring new forms and introducing new decorative elements into traditional art.

Newell, who is a doctoral candidate at Boston College, is the head of the Passamaquoddy language program at the Indian Township School at Peter Dana Point, and a trustee of the Abbe Museum.

Admission to the lecture is free.

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