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    The long-term "People of the First Light" exhibition at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor tells the story of the Wabanaki people from the perspective of Native Americans. Robert and Sandy Ward of Saratoga, Calif., look at various crafts made by the Wabanaki people.

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    Banners display photographs of Native American people dressed in regalia, and clothing worn for special occasions such as ceremonies, celebrations and political gatherings.

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    A Passamaquoddy urchin basket made in 2007.

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    The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is currently showing "People of the First Light."

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    One of the murals in the exhibit.

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    Parts of the exhibit tell the stories of the Wabanaki people's political and social struggles, including their ongoing fight for territorial rights to sections of the Penobscot River.

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    A women's buckskin dress, made from tanned deer skin, is a traditional form of regalia still worn by many Native American people.

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    John and Barbara Good of Quincy, Mass., explore "People of the First Light."

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    An Encounter and Contact station allows people to interactive with parts of the exhibit.

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    Gean and Gilda Phillips of Plymouth, Mass., look at birchbark canoes while visiting the exhibit.

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    Barbara Good of Quincy, Mass., listens to the different languages of the Wabanaki people.

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    The shadow of a visitor is reflected in a glass case containing pack baskets from different Wabanaki tribes.

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