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Barry Dana, Former Chief of the Penobscots

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Former Chief Barry Dana, Penobscot, does birch bark work. Barry does both porcupine quill design and etching qoek in traditional Wabanaki designs as well as realistic etchings of natural scenes... such as pumpkins and corn, portraits, moose, deer, birds etc. (Wabanaki federation includes the 5 North East tribes - Abenaki, Maliseet, MicMac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot - residing in Maine, Vermont, and NE Canada).

A love and respect for the Penobscot River is a major part of Barry’s essence. As Chief of the Penobscot Nation from 2000 to 2004, he fought against the toxic dumping into the river and worked tirelessly to see that laws would be changed in regard to permissible discharge from the paper mills. The Penobscot River has figured predominantly in the lives of the Penobscot Nation for it served as a source of transportation as well as a home for eleven species of sea-run fish including Atlantic salmon and alewives.

Barry Dana is credited for re-initiating the spiritual journey by canoe on the Penobscot River from Indian Island to Katahdin in 1981. “The Katahdin 100” is a Native Spiritual Run, which combines a 100-mile trek by canoe, bike, and foot to Mount Katahdin. It is an event where individuals are invited to participate and it is a sacred activity that is not based on competition.