A Wonderful Day at the Native American Festival!

Butch Phillips, Penobscot, 
performs a dance.
This past Saturday, close to 1,700 guests flooded into the grounds of the College of the Atlantic to attend the 20th Annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market. Despite high temperatures, it was a wonderful day, with a beautiful display of baskets and other art available for purchase, performances of song, dance and readings, demonstrations and delicious food. The Abbe was excited to be able to offer, for the first time, our Smithsonian Affiliate membership, which can be added to any Abbe membership for an additional $30. Benefits include a year of subscription to the Smithsonian Magazine. Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian and Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations both spent time at the Abbe tent conversing with visitors. It was a wonderful 20th celebration of the Festival and we look forward to next year! Be sure to check our facebook page often as we post photos from the Festival.