Wabanaki baskets

Wabanaki basket, ca. 1940

Wabanaki basket, ca. 1940
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Maine Historical Society

Until around 1990, artists didn't sign their baskets, and the collectors usually didn’t record the names of the artists.

Historically, tourists didn’t view the baskets as artwork, but rather as a memento of a nostalgic encounter with another culture, to recall trips to places like Bar Harbor or Indian Island, or as décor and useful objects in the large summer “cottages” on the coast.

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