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Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market

  • College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 United States (map)

This popular festival, sponsored by the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Abbe Museum, is hosted on the campus of College of the Atlantic and offers visitors, collectors, and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark of this Indian Market. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures from Maine and the Maritimes.


Host Drum: The Burnurwurbskek Singers
Emceed by: Wayne Newell and John Bear Mitchell

10:00 am - Festival, market, and silent auction open
10:30 am - Bow-drill fire starting demonstration with Barry Dana, Penobscot (Artist Booth)
11:00 am - Opening welcome, music, and remarks by Festival co-sponsors and tribal leadership, followed by Host Drum (Drum Tent)
11:30 am - Beadworking demonstration with Martha Bassett, Passamaquoddy (Artist Booth)
12:00 pm – Thanks to the Animals storytelling program and craft, Abbe Museum (Abbe Museum Tent)
12:30 pm – Basketmaking Demonstration with Geo Soctomah Neptune, Passamaquoddy (Artist Booth)
1:00 pm - Mosquito Dance with the Burnurwurbskek Singers (Drum Tent)
1:30 pm - Beadworking demonstration with Donna Decontie Brown, Penobscot/Anishnabe, of Decontie & Brown (Artist Booth)
2:00 pm - Flute Music and Stories with Hawk Henries, Nipmuck (Drum Tent)
2:30 pm - Silent auction closed and results announced (Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance Booth)

Throughout the day:

  • Traditional music and dancing
  • Wabanaki basket and art sales
  • Silent auction to benefit Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
  • Ash pounding demonstrations by Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy, and Eldon Hanning, Micmac (Artist Booths)
  • Children’s “make and take” craft activities (Abbe Museum Tent)

Free and open to the public.

Earlier Event: July 7
Bar Harbor Artwalk
Later Event: July 9
The Art of Etching