Ben Fuller, curator of the Penobscot Marine Museum, will present “George Waymouth Meets the Natives of Maine” at the Camden Public Library on Friday, April 9 at 1 p.m.

Fuller’s talk is part of the Maritime Month celebration at the Camden Public Library. The talk will include a short film on Waymouth’s visit and an actual 16-foot birch bark canoe. The canoe is just like the ones built by Penobscot Indians in the 17th and 18th centuries that met Waymouth when he arrived. The canoe is authentic down to the last detail. Real birch bark is lashed to white cedar gunwales with split spruce root, and seams are sealed with a mixture of pine sap and fat. No nails or other metal were used anywhere in its construction. The canoe was built at the Penobscot Marine Museum by a team of Native Americans from Maine and New Brunswick, led by master builder Steve Cayard of Wellington.

The film “One Land, Two Worlds” is a 40-minute documentary about the 1605 explorations of Waymouth in Maine, the mystery surrounding the river he explored and praised, and the impact on native people in Maine. The film was created for the Maine-Mawooshen project by D’Arcy Marsh, sponsored by Matthew Simmons. It starts with historical background then follows two threads, the reconstruction and voyage of the “Lighthorseman” boat at Atlantic Challenge, the building of the bark canoe by the Penobscot Indian Nation, and their paddling to Allen Island to honor the memory of the natives kidnapped by Waymouth.

Waymouth was an English ship captain, explorer, and student of mathematics, navigation and ship building. In 1602 he led an unsuccessful voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, exploring the area between Greenland and Labrador. After returning he was hired to lead an expedition to explore Massachusetts but was blown north to Monhegan. He spent a month exploring the Penobscot area, just missing Samuel Champlain. Kidnapping five natives, he returned to England. The account of the voyage, “A True Relation of the most prosperous voyage made this present year 1605” was written by James Rosier, who had been hired to chronicle the voyage.

The program is planned to appeal to seniors, although it is free and open to all. The library is offering free transportation to the event, thanks to a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. Refreshments are included. Call the library at 236-3440 for more information and to sign up for transportation.