Panel Discussion: Sipul Chuwaponahkik: Rivers of the Dawnland

Posted April 18, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Abbe Museum; 207-288-3519;

This panel will feature a representative from each of the five Wabanaki communities who will highlight contemporary issues that the Wabanaki face when trying to maintain sovereignty over a common resource. For more than 12,000 years, the Wabanaki have relied on the waterways of Maine as their most important resource. Whether using them as a source of food, a means of travel, a sacred space, or a tourist attraction, the Wabanaki maintain their connections to the streams and rivers of their homelands and continually adapt to keep these connections strong. However, between the ever-growing population, political power struggles, and environmental policies, the Wabanaki are slowly losing what little power they held to protect these sacred pathways. Highlighted issues will include the annual elver run, annual alewife run, salmon hatcheries, dam removal/installation, oil pipeline/petrochemical storage, and waterway ownership.

Free and open to the public thanks to support from the Lynam Trust and the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.