15th Thoreau-Wabanaki Festival
Wed July 21
All About Moose with Lee Kantar, Maine State Moose Expert, 6:30 pm
Thurs July 22
Solar System Modeling with John Meader, Northern Star Planetarium, 9:30 am
Penobscot Sense of Place with James E. Francis, Tribal Historian, 6:30 pm
Night Sky Tour with John Meader, Lily Bay State Park, 10 pm – midnight
Fri July 23
Nature Walk with Alexandra Conover Bennett, 9:30 am
Ungava Trek with Alexandra Conover Bennett, 4:30 pm
Saturday – Monday, July 24-26
Last Leg of Thoreau’s Trip with Penobscot Guide Joe Polis
by special arrangement with Penobscot Guides on the Penobscot River
Last Leg follows the last section of Thoreau’s 1857 canoe trip on the Penobscot River, made famous in his book The Maine Woods. Like Thoreau, paddlers will learn under the wing of Penobscot guides about Wabanaki heritage and Penobscot connection to the landscape.
Saturday and Sunday are spent immersed in cultural activities on the Penobscot’s Sugar Island. Days include making your own basket, paddling a birch bark canoe, nature & plant exploratory walks, flint knapping, or wood carving; evenings in a talking circle around the campfire, with drumming & singing demonstrations. Monday after breakfast, paddlers move downstream from Sugar Island to Indian Island, load out, have lunch together & visit the Penobscot Museum before saying goodbyes.
Registration is limited, advanced sign-up required. Cost is $300/person; includes all but personal gear. To register, contact the Moosehead Historical Society, email@example.com.
If we listen to the songs of the water
and the whispers on the wind,
we will feel the heartbeat of Mother
Earth, and all creation will continue to breathe
— Wabanaki saying
Festival is made in partnership by The Moosehead Historical Society, the Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic Preservation Dept., Maine Woods Forever, Lily Bay State Park,
Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Greenville’s Natural Resource Education Center,
Greenville Consolidated School