Presented in partnership with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

For the past 26 years, Wabanaki artists have convened in Bar Harbor for an event hosted by the Abbe Museum and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance: The Native American Festival (NAF). The Festival is a unique community gathering in a historic area of the Wabanaki homeland and has built a reputation as an important family event for locals on Mount Desert Island. As the Native American Festival evolves and finds its home in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, we recognize its strong legacy — a legacy based on tradition. It has been, and will continue to be, a gathering of Wabanaki people celebrating the arts and traditions of the Wabanaki Nations.

While the Abbe Museum has expanded its marketplace for Wabanaki artists with the development of the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM), the Native American Festival will continue to serve an important educational and economic role for the community. As a non-juried, non-competitive market, the Native American Festival is accessible to artists who are beginning their careers and interested in working alongside seasoned artists who have done larger markets. And as sister markets, the two offer a variety of opportunities for the public to engage with Wabanaki artists and educators. 

The Native American Festival is a staple of summer in Bar Harbor and the Abbe Museum is proud to continue to provide this vital space for Wabanaki peoples to interact with the larger public.

Please note: This event is free with donation. Doors open at 10:00 am. No admittance before 10:00 is permitted. Dogs and smoking are not allowed on Abbe grounds.

Schedule of Events

CANCELLED: Artist Welcome Reception

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Friday evening’s event has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, July 6th for the Native American Festival at the Abbe Museum.

Saturday, July 6 from 10 am - 3 pm
Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market
Abbe Museum Backyard- 26 Mount Desert Street

Come experience the diversity and complexity of Wabanaki art, along with dancing, drumming, and artist demonstrations. This family event is a favorite for many, and a sure sign that summer is here!

  • 10:00 am - Market Opens

  • 10:30 - Welcome

  • 11:00 to 11:45 - Burnurwebskek Singers

  • 12:00 to 12:50 - Hawk Henries

  • 1:00 to 1:45 - Burnurwebskek Singers

  • 2:00 - MIBA Silent Auction Ends

  • 3:00 - Market Closes


Apply for the 2019 Abbe Museum Fellowship Program

The Abbe Museum and Dawnland, LLC are entering their fifth year of the Fellowship Program, designed to help Wabanaki artists promote their work within the greater artistic communities. In 2019 three fellowships will be awarded for those exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico. Two fellowships will be awarded to artists attending the 2019 Southwestern Association for Indian Art’s (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market, and one shall be awarded to an artist attending one or more of the four annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) shows.

A huge thank you to our friends at the Jackson Laboratory for sponsoring artist parking for this event!