Presentation topic “Lost Indian Tribes of Western Maine”


The Kennebec Historical Society’s February public performance, “Lost Indian Tribes of Western Maine,” is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm Wednesday February 19 at Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Ave., Manchester.

Desperately caught between the colonial goals of several European nations, primarily England and France, the indigenous population of Maine never stood a chance. Dozens of tribes in western Maine have been wiped out by a never-ending series of wars, disease, trauma and displacement from their homelands. Their cultural presence has been lost to the world; their stories are told by white men.

This presentation locates the tribes along the rivers of western Maine and identifies the forces that sealed their fate.

Learn the names of the Wawenocks kidnapped by George Weymouth and Captain Henry Harlow, the murder of Squanto and the Indians of West Maine who were captured in Dover, New Hampshire, and later imprisoned, hanged or sold into slavery never to be heard again.

KHS lecturer Peter Stowell grew up in Andover and Bethel. Educated at Gould Academy, University of Maine and Tulane University in New Orleans, he was fascinated early on by the majesty of the mountains and rivers of Oxford County and began to explore its history. and its geography from childhood.

He is now focused on retrieving cultural information long lost to current generations through diligent searches of newspapers, official state and federal government directories and reports, and informed sources.

For his presentation, Stowell collected information on the Indians of Maine from over 100 sources, some dating from the early 1600s and most dating from before 1900.

The free presentation will be followed by some light refreshments, donations accepted.

For more information, call 622-7718.

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