December 8, 2012 has been set for the Annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration at the Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts, The University of Maine, Orono, ME. Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
This event features Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Basketmakers who sell their hand-made, one of a kind, ash splint and sweet grass basketry. Work baskets, such as creels, pack and potato baskets and fancy baskets ranging from strawberry and blueberry shaped-baskets to curly bowls may be found along with quill jewelry, wood carvings and birchbark work. The event is a joint venture of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Hudson Museum.
Demonstrations of brown ash pounding, basket making and other native arts, as well as traditional drumming, dancing and singing will be presented. For more information contact: Hudson Museum at (207) 581-1904 or www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/
Those who attend the 2012 Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance Basket Sale and Demonstration are eligible for the raffle of a 2012 Sweetgrass and Brown Ash basket by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, Penobscot.
While you are there visit the exhibit Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry. You will find the work of five contemporary Maine Indian Basketmakers, Jeremy Frey, George Neptune, Ganessa Bryant, Sarah Sockbeson, and Eric "Otter" Bacon on exhibit.
Also save time to visit the The Maine Indian Gallery in the museum where you will see brown ash splint and sweet grass basketry dating from 1850 to the present along with an important collection of basketmaking tools and molds, birchbark containers and implements, rootclubs, crooked knives, snowshoes, beadwork, and three full-size canoes.
For more information about ash splint basketry visit BasketMakers.com for tips on Black ash as a natural basketmaking material, plant identification criteria, processing Black ash (Fraxinus nigra), suppliers, Brown ash basketmakers and much more.