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Haunted Bar Harbor Tours are the best of both worlds

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BAR HARBOR A Native owned tour company is making its debut in Bar Harbor this summer by offering unique ghost tours with a cultural twist. Dawnland Tours, LLC haunted tours tell paranormal tales through the lens of Native Maine. The stories include ghosts, witches, giants and monsters that roamed this land long ago, and some that still do. Tours are a cross-cultural feast of the supernatural combining Euro-American stories with Wabanaki spirit stories dating back over twelve thousand years.

Dawnland Tours, LLC is the only company in the state of Maine to offer Native led ghost stories with a Native viewpoint. Tour guides are typically seen walking through downtown Bar Harbor in Victorian era outfits.

'This company is unique in both presentation and topic,' said Dawnland Tours, LLC President/CEO Jennifer Pictou. 'Our guides dress in 19th and early 20th century style clothing because that is what Wabanaki women would have worn a century ago. There are several well-known historic images of Native women wearing standard Victorian era clothing with tribal jewelry, pouches and beadwork added. We do this because it is important to break down the buckskin stereotype."

Tours are scheduled seven nights a week at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from July until Labor Day, and will shift to a limited tour schedule in the fall from Wednesday through Sunday in September, and Friday evenings only in October. All tours leave from the Abbe Museum front courtyard and are led by lantern light for added atmosphere and safety. Tickets may be purchased at the Abbe Museum gift shop (open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at 26 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor, online at www.dawnlandtours.com or directly through the tour guide with a credit or debit card. Only Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

Since 2001, Pictou has led tours and trained tour guides in some of New England's more prominent museums, such as the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Mystic Seaport. More recently she was the executive director for the award-winning Bangor Museum and History Center until 2013, which was when she started her own tour company. Currently Pictou is working on a haunted Bangor book, and is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. She is also a certified and sanctioned trainer of Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) and Certified Interpretive Hosts (CIH) through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

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