Each summer brings the annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market. The 2014 Native American Festival will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 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 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.
Take advantage of easy access to the College of the Atlantic on the FREE Island Explorer green electric buses which leave from many locations around the town; including most hotels, motels and campgrounds. Please share our promotional poster in your community!
This Festival is free and open to the public.
During the Festival, both Abbe Museum locations will have special hours:
Downtown Abbe Museum and Shop: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Sieur de Monts Abbe Museum and Shop: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
For more information call the Abbe Museum at 207-288-3519 or visit the Festival on Facebook!