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Wigwam exhibit at Maine Coast Botanical Gardens

4:09 PM, Jul 26, 2010   |    comments
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Boothay, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-Maine Coast Botanical Gardens continues to grow.  The newest exhibit is a traditional Penobscot Wigwam constructed by Penobscot Artist and Teacher Barry Dana.

Wigams were the traditional dwelling of Maine's earliest people.  Dana, a former Penobscot Nation Chief enjoys teaching native ways.  He also learns in the process.  "I can't imagine any living situation where my ancestors didn't have a fix for something."

Dana believes that being aware of and using traditional Penobscot practices leads to a healthier lifestyle. For example, he thinks eating moose and venison are healthier choices for a Penobscot than beef.  These practices also include growing and buying local vegetables.

Living in a wigwam would be a bit much given the concessions we make to the modern world.  Still, Dana believes it's important that tradtional practices be kept alive.  "It's a great opportunity to see we're still here and we're proud of o

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