Join us for the annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market. This popular festival, sponsored by the Maine Indian Basket Makers Alliance and the Abbe Museum, is hosted on the campus of the College of the Atlantic and offers visitors, collectors and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark of this Indian Market. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures from Maine and the Maritimes.
The Wabanaki people have been in what is now Maine for more than 12,000 years, as evidenced by the many ancient village sites discovered along its coastal waters. In more recent history, the ancestors of today's Native artists traveled to summer encampments, set up in villages like Bar Harbor, and sold their wares to seasonal residents and tourists. In the spirit of that tradition, the Native American Festival fosters cultural connections between the Wabanaki and people from around the nation and the world.
Take advantage of easy access to the College of the Atlantic on the FREE Island Explorer clean propane-powered buses, which leave from many locations around the town, including most hotels, motels, and campgrounds. Limited parking is also available at College of the Atlantic.
This Festival is free and open to the public.
During the Festival, both Abbe Museum locations will have special hours:
Downtown Abbe Museum and Shop: 2-5 pm
Sieur de Monts Abbe Museum and Shop: 12-5pm
For more information call the Abbe Museum at 207-288-3519 or visit the Festival on Facebook!