Wabanaki Studies

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    We support PK-12 educators in integrating Wabanaki Studies into existing curricula. This material represents a continuing collaborative effort between the Wabanaki nations, Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, districts, and other organizations. Resources included here are not comprehensive or definitive but rather represent high-quality materials that are widely available.




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Upcoming dates: 
May 7
June 4


  1. Know your own culture.
  2. Assume goodwill and learn from mistakes.
  3. Ask with genuine intent and listen attentively.
  4. Accept “no” gracefully.
  5. Embrace partnership and reciprocity.
  6. Allow the time needed for authentic growth.

Considerations When Learning About and Teaching Wabanaki Studies


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Considerations for Inviting Indigenous Presenters

Traditional Knowledge Keeper Directory


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We extend our respect and gratitude to the many Indigenous people and their ancestors whose rich histories and vibrant communities include the Abenaki, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq, Peskotomuhkatiyik (Passamaquoddy),  Panawahpskek (Penobscot), and all of the Indigenous communities who have lived here for thousands of generations in what is known today as Maine, New England, and the Canadian Maritimes. The Department of Education is honored to collaborate with the Wabanaki as they share their stories.

Special thanks to the Wabanaki advisors and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers that worked with the educators on this journey to bring Wabanaki voices to homes and classrooms throughout what is now called Maine: Lilah Akin, Carmella Bear, Chris Becker, Maulian Bryant, Dolores Crofton-Macdonald, Zeke Crofton-Macdonald, Carol Dana, Sikwani Dana, John Dennis, Evelyn Dore, Gen Doughty, Wendy Newell Dyer, Candi Ewer, Cyril Francis, Newell Lewey, Kaya Lolar, Kyle Lolar, Natalie Dana Lolar, John Bear Mitchell, John Neptune, Mali Obomsawin, Darren Ranco, Richard Silliboy, Chris Sockalexis, Donald Soctomah, Lydia Soctomah, Tony Sutton, Dwayne Tomah, and Dena Winslow



Brianne LolarPanawahpskek Citizen
Wabanaki Studies Specialist
Email: Brianne.Lolar@maine.gov