22nd Annual Native American Festival
Despite some slightly damp weather, another successful Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market took place on July 9, 2016, on the campus of College of the Atlantic. Attendees had great opportunities to learn about and purchase a wide range of traditional and contemporary art and crafts directly from Wabanaki artists. The Abbe Museum was excited to host an interactive reading of Thanks to the Animals (Allen Sockabasin, illustrated by Rebekah Raye, 2005) and two fun craft activities for young visitors, thanks to our awesome volunteers and willing staff.
Bow-drill fire starting demonstration with Barry Dana, Penobscot
Beadworking demonstration with Martha Newell, Passamaquoddy
Basketmaking Demonstration with Emma Soctomah, Passamaquoddy
Mosquito Dance with the Burnurwurbskek Singers
Regalia making demonstration with Decontie & Brown
Flute Music and Stories with Hawk Henries, Nipmuck
Wabanaki cuisine demonstration with Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy
Ash pounding demonstrations by Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy and Eldon
Basket weaving demonstrations by George Neptune, Passamaquoddy
A very special thank you to:
Jennifer Neptune, director of Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Emcees Wayne Newell and John Bear Mitchell
Host drummers Burnurwurbskek Singers
And all the volunteers who made this wonderful event possible!