Conversations from the Pointed Firs 6/4/21: Chris Newell of the Abbe Museum

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guest is Chris Newell, recently appointed director of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. Chris is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and he joins Peter Neill for a discussion about the museum as storyteller and keeper of historical art, artifact and authenticity. This conversation evokes the spirit of Maine as seen through the history of the Wabanaki, the native people who have lived here since the beginning. Peter also talks with Chris about his time with the Mystic River Singers, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Pow Wow drum group based out of Connecticut. Chris believes that education, storytelling and song are the paths to making the world a better place for all people and for creating a better, well-informed future for us all.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a new one-hour interview program hosted by Peter Neill with authors and artists attempting to capture the elusive elements of this special place in which we live.

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.