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Did you know that THREE of the Abbe Museum's current exhibitions will be closed within the next THREE months?!?

Make sure to visit before they’re gone!!!

2012 Waponahki Student Art Show 
On View Through September 22

The Waponahki Student Art Show brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Passamaquoddy and Penobscot students from early childhood education through high school.  Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them.  A collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum, with special thanks to K.A. McDonald Custom Picture Framing, Bar Harbor.

Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry
 On View Through December 29

Ganessa Bryant basket, photo courtesy of the Hudson Museum

Transcending Traditions features five contemporary Maine Indian basketmakers representing the next generation: Jeremy Frey, Ganessa Bryant, Sarah Sockbeson, George Neptune and Eric “Otter” Bacon.  This project explores the new directions that these innovative artists are taking the tradition in the face of environmental and economic challenges.  This exhibit was created as a collaboration between the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Hudson Museum, supported by a grant from the National Museum of the American Indian’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. 

Indians & Rusticator: Wabanakis & Summer Visitors on Mt. Desert Island 1840s-1920s
On View Through December 29

Indians and Rusticators highlights the role that Mount Desert Island played in the cultural and economic survival of Wabanakis (the collective name for Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indians).  Offering a focused look at the seasonal interactions of Wabanakis and summer rusticators (summer residents from the large urban areas of the Northeast), it profiles various personalities, especially the iconic Penobscot Indian showman Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, whose unforgettable presence on Mount Desert Island spanned 60 years of the Rusticator Era.  The stories told and research presented is the work of Bunny McBride, MA and Dr. Harald Prins, highly regarded scholars and authors of Wabanaki history.  They served as guest curators for the project. 
Indians & Rusticators is the winner of a 2012 Leadership in History Award.  Learn more here.