The Kineo Band of Malecite Indians honored their ancestors resting in the Greenville cemetery, on Saturday July 13th. Members of the Band spent most of the day carefully cleaning the headstones of the Indians interred in the cemetery, in the manner prescribed by the Maine Old Cemetery Association, water only and stiff brushes and tooth brushes, no detergents.
The Band would like to recognize the Town Manager, Gary R. Lamb, the Greenville Historical Society, for the help they provided and Cemetery Sexton, Derwood Ferland, who provided maps for the plots in the cemetery, which made locating the graves a simple task.
Members of the Kineo Band of Malecites who participated included, Linus Lewis, John and Michell Novack, George and Mary Ann Hartley, Jeff Nicholas, Kera Lewis and Rachel Lynn Poisson. The volunteers included 4th, 5th and 6th Great Grandchildren of Joseph and Jennie Launiere Nicholas who are buried in the cemetery.
The Kineo Band of Malicites was formed in February of 2013 for the express purpose of preserving the culture and language of those native peoples, who lived in the Greenville area in the 1800’s. Membership is available to those who can document their relationship to the old ones.