Boothay, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-Maine Coast Botanical Gardens continues to grow. The newest exhibit is a traditional Penobscot Wigwam constructed by Penobscot Artist and Teacher Barry Dana.
Wigams were the traditional dwelling of Maine's earliest people. Dana, a former Penobscot Nation Chief enjoys teaching native ways. He also learns in the process. "I can't imagine any living situation where my ancestors didn't have a fix for something."
Dana believes that being aware of and using traditional Penobscot practices leads to a healthier lifestyle. For example, he thinks eating moose and venison are healthier choices for a Penobscot than beef. These practices also include growing and buying local vegetables.
Living in a wigwam would be a bit much given the concessions we make to the modern world. Still, Dana believes it's important that tradtional practices be kept alive. "It's a great opportunity to see we're still here and we're proud of o