#WEOUTSIDE #5 – Exploring Wabanaki Land + Culture with the Penobscot Natural Resources Department

Checking water quality
Secret location!!!
Chuck talks about the managing tribal lands for ecological health.
Chuck, Jason, Shantel and Michelle from the Penobscot Nation Department of Natural Resources.

Our next #WEOUTSIDE trip was a truly special one: a trip to Penobscot Nation tribal lands to learn about Wabanaki culture and the relationship to the land. We were fortunate to have four personnel from the Penobscot Nation Department of Natural Resources who took the group out to locations that the public doesn’t normally get to see.

This including a great swimming location where Shantel talked to the group about the importance of water quality. The kids are thinking of water primarily as something to swim in but Shantel showed them the water quality levels and the importance of clean streams for cold water fish species and drinking water. Chuck talked to them about some of the riparian tree species nearby – white/paper birch as the species for making canoes and black ash as the central species in the Wabanaki creation story of Gluskabe firing an arrow into its trunk, and the Wabanaki people springing forth from it.

These were great connections for the kids to make, given that they had paddled canoes and seen many white birch and other species out on our trips!

We would like to extend our great thanks to the Penobscot Nation Department of Natural Resources for having us as their guests!