Other News & Events for December

There is always something happening at the Abbe, and this winter is no exception!  Please visit our online calendar regularly for more details and updates.

We have a number of exciting programs happening this week that you won't want to miss!  We hope you can join us Thursday, December 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 for the last film in our 4th Annual Native American Film Series, The Necessities of Life, and Saturday, December 8 for our annual Holiday Open House, with special family activities and refreshments from 1:00 - 4:00.  AND, throughout the month of December, the Abbe Shop is holding a special Holiday Sale...20% OFF EVERYTHING!

Mark your calendars for another annual event this weekend, the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance Sale and Demonstration at the Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 - 3:00.  More details can be found in the Events section of this post, or by enlarging the poster embedded below.

The following links are a sample of some upcoming activities and recent articles that may interest you.  Know of more?  Please feel free to post events, news, and other items on our Facebook page!


Four Directions Development Corp marks 10 years of serving Maine's tribal communities Read the article in the Bangor Daily New, which also includes a video segment.

Maine panel hears truth about taking of Indian children in The Forecaster

Dearth of diversity in UMaine positions cause ire in The Maine Campus

Washington County sues Passamaquoddy tribe over tax claim in the New York Daily News

Huge Indian claims settlement won't benefit Native communities in Maine in the Bangor Daily News

Penobscot Nation sues State over Settlement-Protected Hunting and Fishing Rights on Indian Country Today Media Network

Big Dipper, or Sky Bear, comes to Earth on November Evenings on EarthSky.org.  Interested in learning more about the Mi'kmaq sky story referenced in this article?  A book and video about Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters were produced as part of the Canadian festivities celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009.  A full download of the 25 minute video in English, Mi'kmaq, or French is available from the celebration's official site: www.astronomy2009.ca or a short excerpt can be viewed via YouTube (below).  The bilingual picture book, Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters, is available for purchase in the Abbe Shop.

Milford Snowshoe, pack basket maker recognized by Maine Arts Commission in the Bangor Daily News

Lynam Grants Recipients Announced (the Abbe was a recipient!) on Fenceviewer

Misappropriating Culture: Where "Playing Indian" & Cultural Sensitivities Collide  on the blog, Museum Minute.


Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Next Up: December 8, 2012
Annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration
This event features Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Basketmakers who sell their hand-made, one of a kind, ash splint and sweet grass basketry.  Work baskets, such as creels, pack and potato baskets and fancy baskets ranging from strawberry and blueberry shaped-baskets to curly bowls may be found along with quill jewelry, wood carvings and birchbark work.  Demonstrations of brown ash pounding, basket making and other Native arts, as well as traditional drumming, dancing and singing will be presented.  More information is available from the Hudson Museum at (207) 581-1904.

Maliseet Bingo
Every Monday at 6:30 PM at the Maliseet Gym