The Building of a Wigwam

In May 2021, Denise and Paul Pouliot, the head speakers of the Cowasuck Band of Pennacook-Abenaki people, led a group in the construction of a wigwam frame at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. The wigwam will be available to visit on the museum grounds. Its interpretation is an addition to the existing “People of the Dawnland” exhibit in the Jones House Discovery Center. The construction effort included Collections Department volunteers, students in the University of NH Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor program, and members of the Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective. Red maple saplings were donated by UNH from the Thompson Farm in Durham.

Please enjoy this short film about the construction of the wigwam frame.