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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 5, 2019 from 5 - 7 pm
Artist Welcome Reception
Abbe Museum - 26 Mount Desert Street

Join us for our first Artist Welcome Reception hosted by the Abbe Museum’s Wabanaki Art & Artist Giving Circle. Celebrate the amazing artists attending this year’s Native Ameican Festival and be the first to learn about our 2019 Abbe Museum Fellowship winners — all alongside food from some of our favorite local restaurants, beverages and a private concert with the one-and-only Hawk Henries, Nipmuc. You won’t want to miss it!

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


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.