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Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Native American Festival
Each summer brings the annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market, now in its second decade. Save the date for the 2012 festival on Saturday, July 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. A collaboration between the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Abbe Museum, this nationally renowned “Indian Market” features exquisite hand crafted Wabanaki ash and sweet grass baskets, wood and stone carvings, jewelry, beadwork, and dolls as well as other hand crafted items representing the beauty and culture of the Maine Indian tribes, the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot people of Maine and the Maritimes.
Maine’s first inhabitants can be traced back to over 12,000 years ago with many ancient village sites discovered along its coastal waters. In more recent history, the ancestors of today’s Native artists traveled to summer encampments, set up in villages like Bar Harbor, and sold their wares to seasonal residents and tourists. In the spirit of that tradition, the Native American Festival fosters cultural connections between the Wabanaki and people from around the nation and the world.
Spend a beautiful day outside in this unique oceanside setting generously provided by the College of the Atlantic enjoying Native American singing, dancing, storytelling, demonstrations and food. The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Abbe Museum are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Wabanaki culture and arts, traditional and contemporary.