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    From left, Elijah Nitz, 9, Tanner Pines, 10, and Oliver Gordon, 11, stop along the Presumpscot River with the Falmouth Land Trust on Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The land trust's hike taught about the history of the Wabanaki people who lived along the river 300 years ago. Land trusts offering such events on the holiday are not yet common in Maine.

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    Susan Gilpin, a master naturalist, points out where the Smelt Hill Dam was. Gilpin then led a walk along the Presumpscot River to the site of the dam. Hikers learned about the fishery in the river, Wabanaki history and their fight to keep the river a healthy and productive fish habitat.

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    Susan Gilpin, a master naturalist, leads Monday's walk along the Presumpscot River to the site of the former Smelt Hill Dam in Falmouth. Hikers learned about the fishery in the river, Wabanaki history and their fight to keep the river a healthy fish habitat.

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    Amy Connolly of Falmouth and her daughter Laura take part in Monday's Falmouth Land Trust hike to the site of the Smelt Hill Dam for Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday.

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    A sign provides information about Wabanaki history and Chief Polin’s fight to preserve the Presumpscot River at a memorial for him in Westbrook.

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    Signs provide information about Chief Polin’s fight to preserve the Presumpscot River at a memorial for him in Westbrook. The memorial is on a piece of land donated by Michael Shaughnessy, who is on the board of Friends of the Presumpscot.

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    Susan Gilpin, a master naturalist, talks with hikers about the history of the Presumpscot River and the Indigenous peoples whose livelihoods depended on it.

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    Mila Plavsic, executive director of the Falmouth Land Trust, walks down to the shore of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook on Monday.

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    The city of Westbrook, seen Monday from the Chief Polin Memorial on land donated by Michael Shaughnessy, who is on the board of Friends of the Presumpscot.

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    The Chief Polin Memorial in Westbrook, on land donated by Michael Shaughnessy, who is on the board of Friends of the Presumpscot. The Falmouth Land Trust led a walk there Monday in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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