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Available Online for Middle School

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Wabanaki Connections

Blog for Maine (and other) educators interested in teaching Wabanaki studies - maintained by Joseph Charnley - this is the place to go for notification of current workshops - it is a growing networking site

Tribal Websites

It is important that students understand that these are vibrant sovereign governments - follow the link above to access tribal sites

U & D

Interested in current teaching practices, events and ideas relating to implementation of LD291?
Read Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's blog

Donna Loring's Blog

read about current legislation and political/social issues in this current blog by the Penobscot Indian Nation representative to the Maine legislature.

Maine Newsstand

All residents of Maine have free access to the MARVEL! database of full text resources. Maine Newsstand is a (growing) database of newspaper articles - excellent search functions - available in both (adult) and KIDS views


Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission

this site contains current information about tribal issues, some educational links, and links to background information that will help teachers and students understand sovereignty and tribal government

Resources & Lessons

Lessons by Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain

To support Wabanaki Studies in Middle School and High School


Wabanaki Technologies Project, a funded curriculum - this subsite is a complete introductory unit for Middle School, including learning resources for the teacher

Wabanaki Studies Commission

LD 291, Tribal Websites, Resources

Hypertext version of
The Final Report of the Wabanaki Studies Commission

LD 291 Essentials for Understanding

Searchable Library of Lesson Plans (highly recommended)

Maine Indians in the 17th and 18th Century

workshop offered for a reasonable fee by the experts at Old Fort Western - for information, email:

Jay Adams, Director OFW

Abbe Museum

Excellent timelines, resources and resource lists, exhibit lessons.
Not to be missed are the new Wabanaki studies lessons called the Online-Timeline Curriculum
(follow the links at the bottom of the page to download the curriculum or move through it step by step online).
These include a variation of my lessons on WorldView/Culture Circle.

Hudson Museum

Many lesson plans and resources can be found in the Curriculum section, including: Trees & Traditions, Basketry


Lessons to accompany HOME -
Follow links to Native American Culture and Classroom

Maine Memory

Search the primary source materials and organize them into a classroom web-album. Images and resources can also be downloaded.

Windows on Maine

Search, view and download .pdf files of primary sources (letter, treaties, images, recordings), on-demand clips from the HOME videos, and images of artifacts arranged by Nation

Finding Katahdin

These lessons cover a wide range of topics, including Contact, language, maps, many of the treaties, and the Land Claims Settlement- they accompany a Maine text of the same name by can be used without it.

Penobscot Nation Curriculum Packet

12 lessons, media resources and reproducibles

Download order form ($600) from the Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Page


Passamaquoddy Teaching Kit

Developed by the National Park Service with the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Abbe Museum - the downloadable lesson plans are excellent - each Background reading has a bibliography

National Museum of the American Indian

This is an exceptional resource that speaks about diversity and honest of Indian views. These are powerful resources for cultural stereotyping, humor (in art), and political/social expression. Click Exhibitions then find Online Exhibitions in the menu to the left.

Caution: Use the Online Exhibitions with caution  in Middle School. You must preview before you send students to the art exhibits.

Images of Native Americans

Accessible by historical period - students studying stereotypes, history, a specific nation can use this resource

Passamaquoddy Literature

Penobscot Literature

Several stories

Wabanaki Webquests

Wabanaki Webquest
by Ray Grogan
(What would Maine be like today if...)

Mrs. LaCombe's Wabanaki Webquest

Powerful Words

Maine Dirigo

Click the link above to download a .pdf lesson guide to accompany the book - it can also be used stand-alone - there is some very good information in this old textbook - and maps

Texts can still be purchased from Amazon.com (used)

American Memory

Indian Boarding Schools

Maine Census

American Indian populations

by county - 2000

State - 2000

Historical Census Browser

Historical Census Tables

We, the First Americans (.pdf)

Wabanaki Timeline for Teaching

Condensation of historical timelines to aid the Maine teacher


Download an Abanaki-Penobscot-English dictionary program for Windows: Frelang.com

Access resources for all Wabanaki languages at
Native American Languages

Online sources for Wabanaki words, games, and pronunciations can be found in the Pictionary lesson

Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection

Searchable database of images, with commentary

Nova Scotia Museum

Davistown Museum

Site considers less known Wabanaki history, including wonderful discussions of Horticulture, Norumbega, Maritime Resources and Ecology in the worldview

Maine History Studies
Steve Tanguay

Wide-ranging site includes resource links in areas such as history, story, language as well as links to current Native issues


Find here an assortment of Wabanaki/Abanaki documents, commentary, etc.

Maine Folklife Center

Malecite and Passamaquoddy Tales

(There are numerous Wabanaki stories, legends, tales online. These are directly and correctly attributed).

Alcatraz is Not an Island

Videos, background and lessons about Native American Activism in the 70's, with a timeline of Indian activism.

Find photos at this site:
The American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island


Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan:
The Dawes Act

for Middle School, this will focus students on the question of reservations, reserves, and relocation - includes maps for downloading


drawing of waves

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain
Updated 5/11/08