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Keywords: Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

Historical Items

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Item 108747

Paula Thorne acorn basket, Indian Island, circa 1999

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1999 Location: Old Town Media: ash, sweetgrass

Item 108746

Paula Thorne corn basket, Indian Island, ca.1999

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1999 Location: Old Town Media: ash, sweetgrass

Item 104985

Jennifer Sapiel Neptune beaded pouch, Indian Island, 2019

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2019 Location: Indian Island Media: Wool, cotton, silk, glass bead

Exhibits

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Exhibit

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.

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

Exhibit

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.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Why environmental advocacy is critical for making baskets
by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune

My advocacy work for the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

Story

Masters and apprentices
by Theresa Secord

Wabanaki basket makers learn to weave by apprenticing with master artists.

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Wikpiyik: The Basket Tree
by Darren Ranco

Countering the Emerald Ash Borer with Wabanaki Ecological Knowledge