Happy 200th Birthday to the State of Maine!
Also, on the map board, we are paying special attention to the five contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine, though all of Maine was once Wabanaki territory, and Wabanaki people today live all through the state, as well as all around the globe.
More about Wabanaki history, culture and current events can be found at the tribal websites: the Aroostook Band of Micmacs (Mi’kmaq), the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe (2 communities in Maine), and the Penobscot Nation; or through the Abbe Museum.
Maine’s state bird, the chickadee, has been in the news a lot lately. There was some talk about choosing between the black capped and the boreal – but ultimately, the state legislature decided to just go with chickadee in general.
Maine’s flag has been in the news too. The current flag was adopted in 1909 and there has been some talk about going back to the original 1901 version. In the end, they created a new Bicentennial flag. What one is your favorite?