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2016 Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market

Abbe : Calendar : July


Join us for Maine's largest gathering of Native American artists, cohosted by the Abbe Museum, the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the College of the Atlantic. Featuring the celebrated Native arts market, Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations and delicious food, the festival offers visitors, collectors and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark for this Indian Market. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Native arts and cultures from Maine and the Maritimes.


Photo by Madeline AzarMicmac basketmaker Eldon Hanning at the Native American Festival. Photo by Madelaine Azar. The 2016 Native American Festival will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. 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.


The Wababaki people have been in what is now Maine for more than 12,000 years, as evidenced by the 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.


James Francis photoBurnurwurbskek Singers at the Native American Festival. Photo by James E. Francis, Sr. 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.


Take advantage of easy access to the College of the Atlantic on the FREE Island Explorer clean propane-powered buses, which leave from many locations around the town, including most hotels, motels, and campgrounds. Limited parking is also available at College of the Atlantic. 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

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For more information call the Abbe Museum at 207-288-3519 or visit the Festival on Facebook!


Dial: (207) 288-3519


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