11 images(adapted from an essay in Chebacco vol.XXI, 2020.) The portraits that follow were commissioned for the annual journal of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. The portraits present members of the Micmac, Maliseet, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy nations who are actively involved in the preservation of their tribal history, and the history of Maine. Each historian chose an artifact or location to represent the main focus of their work. Many of them combine research with activism: for the Wabanaki people, preservation of their history is an act of political self-representation and resistance. As an outsider, I wanted to avoid any attempt to interpret the experience of indigenous people. I also wanted to avoid contributing to the general impression that Wabanaki culture is a thing of the past. “We are still here,” is a refrain I have heard over and over, so was important to show living people and their work. I set up a methodology I hoped would minimize my Eurocentric, academic bias, which values diplomas, publications, awards, and other “qualifications.” The older I get, the more obvious the limitations of those qualifications become. Here on Mount Desert Island, if I want to know where the ruin of an old schoolhouse is, or where a road used to run, the people I would turn to have no degrees in history, no publications to their names. I am only aware of their knowledge from years of living here and sharing experiences with them. So how was I to determine who within the Wabanaki community would be considered a history-keeper? Who should I photograph? I began by asking James Francis, the Tribal Historian for the Penobscot Nation, for suggestions. When I wrote to that first group of historians, I asked if they would sit for a portrait, and also who else I should contact. If someone within the Wabanaki community said a person was a historian, I contacted that person with the same requests, suspending my own judgment of 'qualifications' in favor of asking the community to define itself. The portraits gathered here are not in any way comprehensive. There are many more historians in the Wabanaki community, engaged in fascinating projects. I am deeply grateful to the people who made time to meet with me, and who trusted me to photograph them. I hope the portraits convey the respect and admiration I have for their work. Acknowledgments: Many thanks to Jodi DeBruyne, Gretchen Faulkner, James Francis, Tim Garrity, Margo Lukens, Sherri Mitchell, Micah Pawling, and George Soules for their help with this project.