Maine guide to describe experiences in traveling with Cree

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BETHEL — Registered Master Maine Guide Polly Mahoney, Mahoosuc Guide Service, North Newry, will share her experiences in working with and traveling by canoe with the Cree of northern Quebec.

The presentation will be the first in Western Mountains Senior College’s 2018 Down Home Maine series and will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Alumni Auditorium, Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Science Building.

For 28 years Mahoney and her partner, Kevin Slater, have been paddling on the remote lakes and rivers around the Cree villages of Ouje-Bougoumou and Misstassini.

She will share her adventures and knowledge of what she has learned from the Cree about “bush medicine,” setting fish nets, making smoking racks to smoke freshly caught fish, and carving Cree paddles with wood from the local boreal forest. The show will be a mix of personal experience, shared knowledge and images of pristine wild country.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Polly Mahoney, left, and Nancy Hohmann paddle a birch bark canoe around Indian Island with the Penobscots

 

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