Inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market
May 18-20, 2018, on the Village Green
in Bar Harbor, ME
This is a tentative schedule of events and will be updated on a regular basis. The Market is a free event. Ticketed events are flagged below.
Friday, May 18
5 pm Market kick-off event (buy tickets at right)
7 pm Indigenous Film Festival (buy tickets at right)
Saturday, May 19
10 am Market opens
11 am – 1 pm Performances & demonstrations
1 pm Native American Fashion Show
2-5 pm Performances & demonstrations
5 pm Market closes
5 pm Indigenous Film Festival (buy tickets at right)
Sunday, May 20
10 am Market opens
11 am – 3 pm Performances & demonstrations
4 pm Market closes
5 pm Indigenous Film Festival (buy tickets at right)
Monday, May 21
Indigenous Film Festival (buy tickets at right) - time to be determined
Fashion Show and Pop-Up Fashion Exhibit
We're excited to unveil a new pop-up exhibit in our Orientation Gallery by Decontie & Brown that spotlights three dresses, which were featured last August in the fashion show at our annual fundraiser, The Abbe Midsummer. BlueJay, Cardinal, and Eagle Woman are striking a pose through the end of May 2018 as a preview to the highly anticipated Fashion Show during the Market that will showcase Native American fashion and accessories representing both couture and contemporary looks. More details about participating designers will be released soon.
Curator emeritus Elizabeth Weatherford from the National Museum of the American Indian is working with the Abbe Museum and Film Festival host Reel Pizza Cinerama to screen and select Indigenous films, which will be shown all three days of the event. More details will be released soon.
Leading up to the big weekend we will host education programs that will help audiences learn about what it means to attend a juried Indian market. Exposure to a variety of art forms and advice on how to collect will be part of the content. We'll be scheduling these programs soon, so keep an eye on our online calendar.
The following Native artists are scheduled to attend the Abbe Museum Indian Market. Those artists noted with an * are also either performing or giving a demonstration. Please note that this list is subject to additions.
• Aconav*, Navajo, Fashion
• Loren Aragon, Navajo, Fashion
• Ginette Kakakos Aubin, Maliseet, Acrylic
• Philbert Begay, Navajo, Jewelry
• Peter Boome, Upper Skagit, Printmaking/Carving
• Gina Brooks, Maliseet, Visual
• Jason Brown, Penobscot, Jewelry/Fashion
• Josh Carter, Mashantucket Pequot, Jewelry
• TChin, Narragansett, Jewelry
• Vivian Cottrell, Cherokee, Basketry/Fashion
• Barry Dana, Penobscot, Bark
• Decontie & Brown*, Penobscot, Fashion
• John Dennis*, Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation, Storyteller
• Kateri Dubois, Malecite Viger, Beadwork
• Charles Dukon, Comanche of Oklahoma, Painting/Drawing/Sculpture/ Diverse
• Sheila Escobar, Mohawk, Beadwork
• David Farnham, Lower Cayuga, Sculpture/Diverse Arts
• Aileen Fauzey-Spears, Tuscarora, Beadwork
• Barbara Francis, Penobscot, Basketry
• Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Gal Frey, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Ganessa Frey, Penobscot, Basketry
• Aaron Garcia, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Jewelry
• Nelson Garcia, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Jewelry
• Allen Hazard, Narragansett, Jewelry/Lapidary
• Hawk Henries*, Nipmuc, Wood
• Sierra Henries, Nipmuc, Wood
• Brenda Hill, Tuscarora, Pottery
• Karenlyne Hill, Onondaga, Beadwork
• Rosemary Hill, Tuscarora, Beadwork/Quillwork & Diverse Arts
• Karen Hoffman, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Beadwork
• Margaret Jacobs, St. Regis Mohawk, Jewelry/Lapidary
• Jo-Ellen Jamieson, Penobscot, Beadwork
• Jennifer Kreisberg*, Tuscarora, Entertainment - Vocalists
• Kontiwennenhawi - Akwesasne Women Singers*, Mohawk, Entertainment - Vocalists
• Bob Lansing, Dine', Pottery
• Faye Lone, Seneca, Textiles Quilts
• Jennifer Medina, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Jewelry
• Penny Minner, Seneca, Basketry
• Stacey Mitchell, Mohawk, Textiles Quilts
• Katrina Mitten, Miami Oklahoma, Beadwork
• Geo Neptune*, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Jennifer Neptune, Penobscot, Basketry
• Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo, Pottery/Carvings
• Nancy Oakley, Mashpee Wampanoag/Mi'kmaq, Pottery/Basketry/ Beadwork
• JJ Otero*, Navajo/Hopi, Wood
• Pahponee, Kansas Kickapoo/Citizen Band Potawatomi, Pottery
• Jennifer Pictou, Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Beadwork
• Bryan Printup, Tuscarora, Beadwork
• Susan Sacobie, St. Mary's First Nation, Painting
• Alex Sanchez, Navajo/Zuni, Jewelry
• Gilmore Scott, Dine', Painting
• Tolpiyine Simbola, Picuris Pueblo, Jewelry
• Chris Sockalexis*, Penobscot, Drumming/Singing
• Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot, Basketry/Painting/Diverse Arts
• Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy, Basketry
• Matagi Sorenson, Apache, Jewelry
• Roy Tenorio, San Felipe Pueblo, Jewelry
• Janette Vanderhoop, Wampanoag, Jewelry
• Karin Walkingstick, Cherokee, Pottery
About the Area
About Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor is the largest town on Mount Desert Island (MDI) in Hancock County, Maine with approximately 5,500 year round residents. Nearby Acadia National Park spans some 50 square miles.
MDI encapsulates Maine's rocky shorelines with majestic forests, awe-inspiring mountains, traditional fishing villages, and coastal towns. Anchored by the vibrant and artistic community of Bar Harbor, the area's cultural, lodging, shopping, dining, and outdoor and water based activities offer all the amenities a modern traveller could want.
Come summertime, more than 3 million tourists travel to MDI's idyllic shores — including Martha Stewart and members of the Rockefeller family.
Originally incorporated as the Town of Eden, the town’s name was changed to Bar Harbor in 1918. Bar Harbor’s fascinating history as a summer destination began long before explorer Samuel de Champlain’s visit in 1604.
During the 1850s, the number of visitors began to increase, and while it was mostly artists, scholars, scientists, and writers who journeyed to Bar Harbor, more and more came to the picturesque community after the Civil War.
Maine is a Wabanaki Place
The Wabanaki are a confederacy of tribes that include the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations. The Wabanaki have been here, in their homeland, for thousands of generations.
Wabanaki people and their ancestors have lived in Pesamkuk, this place we now call Mount Desert Island and Frenchman Bay, for thousands of generations.
In what is known as the encampment period, from about 1840 to 1920, Wabanaki lived like the other residents of Maine, speaking English but retaining cultural values, language, and limited privileges. Artists and craftsmen would travel to tourist areas, like Bar Harbor, in the summer to sell baskets and other items supplementing their income. They offered guiding services and other services and performances of traditional music and dance. The purchasers were the seasonal residents known as “rusticators” – people like the Abbe Museum's founder, Dr. Abbe, and his colleagues who were drawn to the natural beauty of the Maine coast.
These summer encampments were both the tribal members’ homes and retail outlets. Bringing people together at the encampments and the market for Native baskets and other goods helped to sustain Native culture and community. When the encampment period ended, Wabanaki became largely invisible to non-Native Maine, but they continued to live in their communities, sustaining their cultures.
May on Mount Desert Island
May is considered "pre-season" along most of Maine's coastline, including Bar Harbor. Regardless, the majority of shops, restaurants, and accommodations will be open. And, since the day-time temperature in May ranges from 47-60 degrees, the cooler temps make it ideal for hiking, trout fishing, bird watching, and exploring downtown Bar Harbor.
Acadia National Park will be open, as will the campgrounds. The Park offers many outdoor activities that are easily accessible. Travel to (you can hike or drive) the top of Cadillac Mountain, or Wapuwoc, the “white mountain of the first light,” and be the first to see the sunrise. Or, take a walk along the Bar toward Bar Island and see one of the areas that mark a location of the Indian encampments during the Rusticator Period. Bar Harbor was then known as Moneskatik, “the Clam Digging Place,” reflecting the seasonal use of resources by Wabanaki hunter-gatherers.
A few other notable highlights include:
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park Tours
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
The 1928 Criterion Theatre
Dorr Museum of Natural History
Jesup Memorial Library
Kebo Valley Golf Club
Maine Foodie Tours
The Museum in the Streets
The Natural History Center
Reel Pizza Cinerama
The Shore Path
By Air: Bar Harbor is serviced by a local airport, the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, located just 12 miles from downtown, and by Bangor International Airport, which is 50 miles away.
Driving: From Boston (268 miles), follow Interstate I-95 through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and to Bangor, Maine (exit 182A - I395) and pick up Route 1A to Ellsworth. Follow Route 3 to Bar Harbor. Another route is I-95 to Augusta (exit 113), take Route 3 to Belfast over to Route 1 to Ellsworth, then back to Route 3 into Bar Harbor.
Local taxi service is available from all airports and bus stations. Additional travel details can be found on the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce website.
There are several maps available of the Bar Harbor area, including:
Where to Stay - Bed & Breakfast Association
Anne's White Columns - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website) and not through a third party like Expedia.
Cleftstone Manor - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website).
Elmhurst Inn - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website).
Heathwood Inn - 10% discount. Call to book your reservation and mention AMIM.
Holbrook House - 10% discount for booking May 17-21, 2018, dates. Online code: Abbe2018.
Holland Inn - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount.
Manor House - 10% discount. Online code: AMIM518.
Saltair - 10% discount. Call to book your reservation and mention AMIM.
Shorepath Cottage - 10% discount. Call to book your reservation and mention AMIM.
Thornhedge Inn - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website).
Where to Stay - Hotels
More hotel details will be announced soon.
Bar Harbor Grand
This rate is only available until April 18, 2018, for booking May 18-20, 2018, dates
To book, you must call 207-288-5226
Bar Harbor Inn
These rates are only available until March 17, 2018, for booking May 18-20, 2018, dates
To book, you must call 1-800-248-3351
Bay View - $175; must call and mention AMIM
The Blue Nose - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website).
Quimby House - 5% discount. Call and mention AMIM.
Wonder View Inn - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. The best rate is direct with them (either by calling or visiting their website).
Where to Stay - Southwest Harbor
Cranberry Hill Inn - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. Mention AMIM in online contact form or call directly.
The Lindenwood Inn - 15% discount. Call and mention AMIM.
Penury Hall - Off-season rates in effect, so there is no further discount. Call and mention AMIM for best rates.
In the News
The Abbe Museum Indian Market has been featured in the following media outlets:
- We Blog the World - Abbe Museum Indian Market in Bar Harbor Maine
- Mount Desert Islander - Inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market set for May
- Mainebiz - Maine Office of Tourism grants boost creative tourism approaches
- Portland Press Herald - Bar Harbor to host Northeast’s biggest Native American marketplace
Sponsorship & Giving
Abbe Museum Indian Market Sponsors
Sponsorship of the Abbe Museum Indian Market provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with Native artists from across the US and Canada as well as the Mount Desert Island year-round and summer communities, build brand awareness, and show your company’s support of an important cultural event.
Looking for the opportunity to become a part of one of the biggest events of the year? To put your company name in front of sophisticated collectors and travelers? Want to show your employees and investors your dedication to our community? Click here for more details about sponsorship opportunies and reach out to Heather Anderson, director of advancement, for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-288-3519.
Interested in supporting Wabanaki art and artists? To pinpoint what the Abbe could do to boost Wabanaki creativity and broaden marketplace access, we convened 12 Wabanaki artists in 2014 for a creative summit about the current state and future of Native art in Maine. Through facilitated activities, we developed a list of big ideas which informed our strategic plan and planted the seed for exciting new projects, including the Abbe Museum Indian Market. This event and other projects to come will have show-stopper qualities that will take Wabanaki art to audiences that would otherwise never be exposed to it. You can help support this important creative placemaking initiative by donating to the newly created Giving Circle for Wabanaki art and artists. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000!
The Abbe Museum Indian Market is supported by the Maine Office of Tourism. For additional information on Maine, visit www.visitmaine.com.