Presented in partnership with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

For the past 25 years, Wabanaki artists have convened in Bar Harbor for a joint 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.

2018 Schedule
10:00 am         Festival opens; Silent Auction begins
11:00                Opening welcome and remarks by festival co-sponsors and tribal leadership, followed by Host Drum (Drum Tent)
12:00                Beadworking Demonstration with Martha Newell, Penobscot (artists's booth)
1:00                  Doug Duer, National Park Service & Native Plant Gathering Talk (Community Gallery)
1:30                  Children's Storytelling: Thanks to the Animals, hosted by Abbe Museum staff (Learning Lab)
2:00                  Flute performance with Hawk Henries, Nipmuck (Drum Tent)
2:30 pm          Silent Auction ends and results announced (Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance booth)

All Day            Basketmaking Demonstration with Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy (artist's booth)
                         Basketmaking Demonstration with Eldon Hanning, Micmac (artist's booth)