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Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,Maine

Spread across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin.Katahdin from Barnard Mountain summit.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,Maine
FORDF250HDXLT, Jun 25, 2017
      Human settlement in the region dates back 11,000 years, with Native peoples having relied on the woods and its waterways for their livelihood and even transportation. The Penobscot Indian Nation, along with other Wabanaki tribes, still regard the Penobscot River as an important landmark of their culture.

      The Wabanaki Confederacy (Wabenaki, Wobanaki, translated roughly as "People of the First Light" or "People of the Dawnland") are a First Nations and Native American confederation of five principal nations: the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot.

      The Mi'kmaq or Mi'gmaq (also Micmac, L'nu, Mi'kmaw or Mi'gmaw) (English: /ˈmɪkmæk/; Mi'kmaq: [miːɡmax])[3][4][5] are a First Nations people indigenous to Canada's Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. They call their national territory Mi'kma'ki (or Mi'gma'gi). Others today live in Newfoundland and the northeastern region of Maine. The nation has a population of about 40,000 (plus about 25,000 in the Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland[6][7]), of whom nearly 11,000 speak Mi'kmaq, an Eastern Algonquian language.[8][9] Once written in Mi'kmaq hieroglyphic writing, it is now written using most letters of the Latin alphabet.

      Throughout the Maritimes, moose was the most important animal to the Mi'kmaq. It was their second main source of meat, clothing and cordage, which were all crucial commodities. The Mi'kmaq usually hunted moose in groups of 3 to 5 men. Before the moose hunt, the Mi'kmaq would starve their dogs for two days to make them fierce in helping to finish off the moose. To kill the moose, they would injure it first, by using a bow and arrow or other weapons. After it was down, they would move in to finish it off with spears and their dogs. The guts would be fed to the dogs. During this whole process, the men would try to direct the moose in the direction of the camp, so that the women would not have to go as far to drag the moose back. A boy became a man in the eyes of the community after he had killed his first moose. It marked the passage after which he earned the right to marry. Once moose were introduced to the island of Newfoundland, the practice of hunting moose with dogs was used in the Bay of Islands region of the province.

      The Mi'kmaq lived in structures called wigwams. They cut down saplings, which were usually spruce, and curved them over a circle drawn on the ground. These saplings were lashed together at the top, and then covered with birch bark. The Mi'kmaq had two different sizes of wigwams. The smaller size could hold 10-15 people and the larger size 15-20 people. Wigwams could be either conical or domed in shape.

      Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument - Wikipedia

      Wabanaki Confederacy - Wikipedia

      Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a new national park unit located in northern Maine. It is a monument in progress with limited services, and in the coming years services will be added to the monument in cooperation with our partners.
      Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument does not currently have a visitor center.

      Recreational opportunities within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument change with the seasons. Visitors can enjoy traditional activities, including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Hunting is allowed on lands east of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

      Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

      To take a drive into the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,for me,is to take a drive back in time.As I did many times growing up as a child,our family would drive back in on logging roads like these to camp for weekends without a care or concern about the rest of the world.To visit here,is to leave all your worries back at the main road.In here,the songs of the bird,the swim of the fish,the walk of the mammal,erase all current concerns and worries you once had.All pleasant and fond memories from the days of simplicity,from the eyes of a child.May you too bless your children in here with the same great gift my parents gave to me.This was my first visit to these particular parts of the Maine woods.On my first visit here,I see an adult black bear,a bull,a cow and a calf moose.I will return here many times in the coming years.Should you happen to visit,be prepared to also continue to have the spirit of this place calling you back.Like an old friend from years ago calling,like a distant memory of your earliest Christmas morning,like a family member calling out to you.......calling to you......calling you back......home.

      Update: On a return trip with some family,I along with my 10 year old nephew,saw the amazing display of a pair of American bald eagles performing their mating ritual,the death spiral,with locking talons and plummeting to the ground.They unlock just feet above the river we were fishing! An event,most people will never witness in their lifetime.What a blessing to see and memory to cherish for life.It occurred just downstream,slightly around the bend in the river by the big bridge.
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