Our Mission

Our Mission:  founded in 1993 by tribal basket makers to save the ancient ash and sweetgrass basketry traditions among the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes of Maine.

The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) is a nonprofit Native American organization focused on preserving and extending the art of basketmaking within Maine’s Native American community.

MIBA’s goals are to:

  • Preserve and document the tradition of basketry among the four tribes.
  • Expand markets for baskets in Maine and beyond, so basket makers can earn a sustainable living.
  • Ensure a supply of high quality brown ash and sweetgrass for present and future generations.
  • Provide outreach, education and apprenticeships to younger members of the tribes to ensure continuation of the traditions and increase pride in culture as tradition bearers.