The day started with hand drum songs on the museum's front patio.
This is the first year the venue held a celebration as many towns across the state have opted to recognize "Indigenous People's Day" as well as "Columbus Day."
Angela Raup, Abbe Museum, stated "What it comes down to is that we know the story of Columbus but the story doesn't start there. This is a Wabanaki place and the history of this area really is a Wabanaki history."
"It's a day to honor all of those that are still here, instead of honoring Columbus." added Mi'kmaq hand drummer, John Dennis.
Other events included a tour of the museum's "People of the First Light" exhibit, as well as arts and crafts for the kids.