Annual Basket Markets

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Saturday, July 12, 2014
Annual NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL and Basketmakers Market
10 am – 4 pm
College of the Atlantic Campus
Bar Harbor, ME

The festival begins at 10 AM. Free and open to the public, this popular event draws a wide variety of enthusiastic visitors year after year ranging from professional basket collectors to vacationers to local residents. Co-hosted by the Abbe Museum, the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, and the College of the Atlantic, the festival is considered Maine’s largest annual gathering of Native American artists. Meet the artists while learning about and purchasing Wabanaki baskets, carvings, beadwork, dolls and other of handmade items. The day-long event includes Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations and food.

Enjoy easy access to the College of the Atlantic on the FREE Island Explorer Shuttle. For information, call 207-288-3519 or visit www.abbemuseum.org

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

10 am – 3 pm

The Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration is a unique blending of two of Maine’s most unique and continuing traditions – that of the Maine Shakers and Maine’s four Native American tribes. The 20 featured artists are among the finest and most renowned Penobscot, Maliseet, Micmac and Passamaquoddy artisans. This gathering represents decades of tradition, and includes master basketmakers, apprentices and multiple generations of family members. There will be hand-woven ash-splint and sweetgrass baskets, traditional etched birch bark vessels, stone sculptures, woodcarvings, cedar flutes, and jewelry for sale, as well as demonstrations and traditional story-telling. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call 207-926-4597.

September 19,20,21, 2014
Common Ground Country Fair
Unity, ME

Visit members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance at the Common Ground Country Fair in the Native American Arts Area. Brown ash and sweetgrass basketry, traditional arts, drumming and demonstrations throughout the weekend. For more information, contact Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association at 207-568-4142 or online at www.mofga.org

December 13, 2014
Annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration
Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts
The University of Maine
Orono, ME

Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This event features Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Basketmakers who sell their hand-made, one of a kind, ash splint and sweet grass basketry. Work baskets, such as creels, pack and potato baskets and fancy baskets ranging from strawberry and blueberry shaped- baskets to curly bowls may be found along with quill jewelry, wood carvings and birchbark work. Demonstrations of brown ash pounding, basket making and other native arts, as well as traditional drumming, dancing and singing will be presented. FMI contact: Hudson Museum at (207) 581-1904 or www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/