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January 19, 2011



A purification ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011 by Grand Chief Anne Archambualt of the Maliseet Nation of Viger (American Time)


First People/Premières Nations: Mik’maq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, an exhibit of Native American history and culture is on display at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives Acadiennes from January 23 through May 31, 2011.

Among the items and artifacts on display at the exhibit are:
From the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine:
·         19th Century Mi’kmaq beaded purse, quill boxes, and beaded pouch
·         19th Century Maliseet beaded cuff
·         Various archeological artifacts from Munsungan Lake, and Allagash, Maine
·         Various archeological artifacts from Eagle Lake, Long Lake, and Masardis
From the Nation Malécite de Viger in Cacouna, Québec, Canada:
·         Wedding dress
·         Jewelry
·         Drum
From the private collections of: Stan Albert, Donat Cyr, Phil Morin, Danny Nicolas, Gary Pelletier, Fort Kent Historical Society:
·         Numerous baskets made of sweetgrass, porcupine quills, and ash
·         Sculptures
·         Drum
From Meg Scheid at the National Park Service, St. Croix Island, Maine:
·         A Passamaquoddy trunk resource kit, including timelines, history, artifacts, and lesson plans for teachers, grades K through 12.
From the Acadian Archives, Blake Library, and L’Association Française de la vallée St-Jean:
·         Resourcebooks about Wabanakis: customs, legends, clothing, ways of life, etc.
·         The Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children explores books that portray Native Peoples in a negative light, and should be avoided in the classroom; and suggests books that offer a positive view of Native Peoples
·         Historical fiction for young adults
Also on exhibit atFirst People/Premières Nations is a trading post with animal pelts, courtesy of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries, and Wildlife. The trading post set-up includes an explanation of how Native People traded among one another, and with Europeans.
A special table for children includes items that they can manipulate. It includes drums, headdresses, tambourines, noisemakers, and much more.
The Acadian Archives Acadiennes is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and also by appointment.
For further information about First People/Premières Nations: Mik’maq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, please call 834-7535.
The Acadian Archives Acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent documents, preserves, celebrates, and disseminates information about the culture, way of life, and history of the Franco-American and Acadian people of the Upper St John River Valley.  It is a repository for manuscript materials and audio-visual documentation relevant to regional folklore, folk life, and history.  The Archives serves the University community, as well as individuals and organizations in the region, across the state, nationally, and internationally.