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Exhibit: Gifts from Gluskabe: Birchbark, Beads and Continuing Traditions

Birchbark wastebasket, ca. 1900

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Birchbark wastebasket, ca. 1900 / Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine

Text by Gretchen Faulkner and John Mayer

Images from Hudson Museum and Maine Historical Society

Gluskabe created the Indians and animals and taught them skills they needed to learn to survive.

Legends about the larger-than-life hero and his troublesome brother, Malsum, and the world they inhabit impart values and morals as well as skills, all of which Indian peoples have used as they created tools, baskets, canoes, clothing, and other items.

The artistry used to create the objects was deeply connected to the natural world and has evolved over thousands of years. Indians carry on these artistic traditions today, while creating new forms and designs.

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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