Wabanaki history and culture are on full display at the History House in Skowhegan following the unveiling Wednesday evening of a wigwam on the museum lawn.

The gathering marked the official opening of the wigwam built last summer by Barry Dana and Skowhegan Area High School students.

A wigwam, used traditionally by Native American tribes, is a hut with a domed roof made by fastening bark, hides or reed mats over a framework of poles.

Dana spoke with attendees about the wigwam returning to its native shores, explaining the building process.

It was the first official event of the History House’s Wabanaki Voices program, which is expected to include exhibits, children’s programs and a speaker series, with native speakers discussing Wabanaki history and culture.


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