Photo Courtesy The Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum will present popular Tea, popovers & Archaeology: POWs

Photo Courtesy The Abbe Museum
Efforts to uncover the history of former WWII prisoner-of-war camps in Passamaquoddy territory will be the focus of a Tea, Popover & Archaeology program sponsored by the Abbe Museum and held at the Jordan Pond House on Oct. 20.

MOUNT DESERT — Tea, Popovers & Archaeology, one of the Abbe’s most popular programs, will take place at the Jordan Pond House on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Join us for a great program about archaeology followed by Jordan Pond House’s famous popovers.

This year’s program highlights archaeological investigations of a former WWII German prisoner of war (POW) camp located within Passamaquoddy tribal territory at Indian Township. Nutalket Consulting and the Passamaquoddy Tribe conducted an investigation of this site as part of a larger site clean-up effort through the Department of Defense’s Native American Lands Mitigation Program. The site represents an episode of Maine history that has received minimal attention and reflects a unique and historic use of tribal lands in Maine. The results of this investigation provide a glimpse into the lives of prisoners and their role in Maine’s economic and social fabric.

The POW camp at Indian Township operated between 1944 and 1946 and was one of several POW camps located in Maine. The role of the prisoners in Maine’s logging industry is significant and is reflected in the archaeological materials collected from the site.

This archaeology project provided an ideal opportunity to apply an indigenous archaeologies framework. In applying this approach, Nutalket Consulting worked closely with the Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) in project planning and implementation. The result was a project designed to build tribal capacity through archaeological skills development and training within the Passamaquoddy community. This is the first archaeological field project in Maine’s history to be carried out by a crew comprised entirely of Wabanaki people.

Bonnie Newsom is a member of the Penobscot Nation and President of Nutalket Consulting, a small business that blends archaeology and heritage-preservation consulting with Native American art and jewelry design. Previously, she served for ten years as tribal historic preservation officer for the Penobscot Nation. Ms. Newsom is chair of the Repatriation Review Committee for the Smithsonian Institution and is the first Wabanaki woman to serve as a trustee for the University of Maine System. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and an M.S. in quaternary studies from the University of Maine. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The cost is $20 for Abbe Museum members, $30 for non-members. Reservations are required, and this great program sells out every year, so don’t wait. Call 288-3519 or email [email protected]

Tea, Popovers & Archaeology is made possible with the support of Dawnland LLC.

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