Keywords: Basket making
Historical ItemsView All Showing 2 of 60
"wapi-kuhkukhahs” or Snowy Owl basket, Orono, 2022
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2022 Location: Orono Media: Black ash, leather, glass bead, metal
Penobscot band basket, Indian Island, ca. 1880
Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1880 Location: Old Town Media: Ash, dyes
Fancy porcupine-weave basket, Penobscot, 1862
Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: 1862 Location: Brewer Media: Ash
Online ExhibitsView All Showing 2 of 17
May Baskets, a Dog, and a Party for Children
Two women thinking intruders were coming into their Biddeford Pool home, let the dog out to chase them away. Later, they discovered the truth about the noise at their door.
Gifts From Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms
According to legend, the Great Spirit created Gluskabe, who shaped the world of the Native People of Maine, and taught them how to use and respect the land and the resources around them. This exhibit celebrates the gifts of Gluskabe with Maine Indian art works from the early nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries.
Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art
Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region.
Site PagesView All Showing 2 of 16
Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13
A full basket will weigh about 30 pounds. The basket pictured here is 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter and 8 inches (20 cm) deep.
Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Wabanaki Today
X Eric Otter Bacon, Passamaquoddy, demonstrating basket making at the Abbe Museum, 2009. X
Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment
Some of the tools used to make baskets and other items were collected by museums in later years.
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 2 of 5
Making the wapi-kuhkukhahs / Snowy Owl basket
by Gabriel Frey and Gal Frey
A story of a mother and son artistic collaboration.
Why environmental advocacy is critical for making baskets
by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune
My advocacy work for the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Lesson PlansView All Showing 1 of 1
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This lesson plan will give middle and high school students a broad overview of the ash tree population in North America, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) threatening it, and the importance of the ash tree to the Wabanaki people in Maine. Students will look at Wabanaki oral histories as well as the geological/glacial beginnings of the region we now know as Maine for a general understanding of how the ash tree came to be a significant part of Wabanaki cultural history and environmental history in Maine. Students will compare national measures to combat the EAB to the Wabanaki-led Ash Task Force’s approaches in Maine, will discuss the benefits and challenges of biological control of invasive species, the concept of climigration, the concepts of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and how research scientists arrive at best practices for aiding the environment.