performing artsPenobscot people have a history of performing as “Indians” in vaudeville acts, at Wild West shows, at tourist resorts, and at sportsmen’s shows – often as a way to pay the bills. However, many of these performers – Frank Loring known as Chief Big Thunder, Molly Nelson known as Molly Spotted Elk, Roland Nelson known as Chief Needabeh, and Lucy Nicolar know as Princess Watahwaso – left a lasting legacy in Penobscot history.

This unit highlights the rich singing, dancing, and regalia tradition – much of it the same as you might find in a modern day competition pow-wow.

Students will learn about the important role that economics played in performance arts, the entertainment history of Penobscot people, modern-day pow-wows, including songs, dance and dress, and the cultural and historic significance of Penobscot music and songs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14, 1853

Author and Transendentalist Henry David Thoreau meets and hires Joseph Attean to guide him into the Maine woods.