Wabanaki Program

boy holding thatch bundleAvailable to area school groups every October, the Wabanaki Program teaches Wabanaki material culture through hands-on experiences. The program is taught in collaboration with Native American educators and takes place at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta.

How to participate

There is no cost to AOS 93 schools or Lincoln Academy to participate. For schools outside AOS 93, the cost is $70/hour for teaching and prep time.

Please email Sarah Gladu with questions about the Wabanaki Program or to schedule your group.

Wabanaki Program Activities

The list below is a sampling of activities we typically offer. Activities may vary from year to year.

  • birch bark etchingsEtch birch bark: Students will learn about the importance of birch bark crafts to Wabanaki culture and create their own etchings, which they can take home.
  • Take a wild edibles walk: Learn to identify some common wild edibles such as groundnut and wild carrots. Sampling is optional!
  • Make cattail crafts: Cattails are a versatile plant with many traditional uses, including some parts that are edible.
  • Experience a drumming and singing circle
  • kids' hands on the birch bark canoe Learn about the making of Coastal Rivers’ birch bark canoe and the importance of canoes to the Wabanaki.
  • Play Wabanaki games
  • Work on a wigwam: Walk to the re-created village area and see grass-covered wigwams. Make grass bundles and tie them onto the wigwam frame.

Meet Sandra Bassett, our Wabanaki Educator

Sandra Bassett Peskotomuhkat resides in Southern Maine but is from Sipayik. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Wabanaki Language (which she and her colleagues advocated for). This year, Sandra is awarded a Certificate in Wabanaki Languages – the first to receive it! She continues to work on her Passamaquoddy language and believes that is where her culture lives.