Exhibit: Gifts From Gluskabe: Tools and Woodworking
Text by Gretchen Faulkner and John Mayer
Images from Hudson Museum
Klose-kur-be (Gluskabe), the Man from Nothing . . .
He was their Teacher!
He taught them how they must live
-- Joseph Nicolar, 1893
Gluskabe's lessons about respecting nature and using its resources wisely are reflected in Maine Indian arts. Gluskabe taught Indians how to use and respect the land and the resources around them.
Those teaching back up Maine Indian artists' use of materials as well as forms and designs on tools, baskets, beadwork, and other items they created for personal use or for sale.
The skills and artforms that arose from Gluskabe have continued through many generations, with innovations added by each artist.
This three-part online exhibit is based on a gallery exhibit at the Maine Historical Society 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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