Today, October 12th, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Maine. This holiday is the result of important work by Maine’s Indigenous Wabanaki Confederacy and their fight for legislation to have this day officially recognized.
In the spirit of this day, we want to reflect on the debt we owe to them. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the inspiration behind our name, is a rustic and pristine 92.5-mile stretch of streams, lakes, and rivers in northern Maine. Allagash is actually a transliteration from the original Penobscot word for “bark stream.”
As a first step toward truly honoring the heritage of our name, and the people who gave it its meaning, we’re working with Nibezun. Nibezun is a community located on sacred Wabanaki land along the Penobscot River in Maine. They celebrate culture as medicine, provide an inclusive space for healing, and promote sustainability for all people and future generations. They also help to protect the languages of the Wabanaki tribes through classes and gatherings.
With a $2,500 grant and the funds generated as our Tasting Room charitable partner this month, we’re helping the people of Nibezun install a solar array on their land. This is the first step of many. We want, and need, to create a durable connection to the community who originally protected the beauty of the Allagash. It’s the only way we can truly live up to, and positively impact, the history of the name we’ve chosen.
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