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Passamaquoddy Tribe member takes helm of Bar Harbor museum

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
People view pieces on display during the opening of the exhibit, “Twisted Path III: Questions of Balance” at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor in this Feb. 6, 2014, file photo.

The new executive director of a museum dedicated to the indigenous people of Maine is a professional educator and member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor will be led by Christopher Newell, the museum’s trustees announced last week. The museum documents Wabanaki culture, history and art.

Newell was born and raised in Indian Township, and worked for five years as education supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut. He also served as senior adviser on the documentary “Dawnland,” which focused on the Maine-Wabanaki State Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and is also the site of the annual Abbe Museum Indian Market in Bar Harbor.


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