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Exhibit: Gifts From Gluskabe: Early Indian Objects and Baskets

Penobscot urchin basket, ca. 1890

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Penobscot urchin basket, ca. 1890 / Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine

Text by Gretchen Faulkner and John Mayer

Images from Hudson Museum and Maine Historical Society

Gluskabe, a hero of the Wabanaki people, created the Indians and taught them how to make tools and how to create all they needed, while respecting the land and resources and using them wisely.

Featuring items from the collections of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, this exhibit demonstrates how the artistry used to create these objects was deeply connected to the natural world.

The early Indian artifacts collected by archaeologists and baskets created from the early nineteenth century through the twentieth century reflect Gluskabe's lessons in both skill and relationship to the natural environment.

The traditions are passed down from generation to generation of Wabanakis -- Micmac, Maliseets, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indians of Maine.

This three-part online exhibit is based on one at the Maine Historical Society Museum from February 15 to June 1, 2008. The BHA Foundation Fund and the Elsie A. Brown Fund sponsored it. Gretchen Faulkner is Director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. John Mayer is Curator at the Maine Historical Society.

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