Digital Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market
July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market (NAF) will be celebrating its 27th year online. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Digital NAF will allow viewers to safely connect with participating artists to learn more about them and their work. It will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. through Zoom, live streaming to Facebook and YouTube.
A collaborative partnership between the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) and the Abbe Museum, the annual festival features exquisite handcrafted Wabanaki artwork representing the beauty and culture of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot people in Maine and the Maritimes. MIBA, as part of its mission to preserve and extend the art of basketmaking within the Wabanaki communities, is responsible for bringing in dozens of new “next-generation” basketmakers and their families to the event over the years. Many of these talented basketmakers first got their start at the festival over the 27 years it has been in Bar Harbor and have watched it grow from a few artists selling to a festival that displays a wide array of Native art.
Be sure to check the Abbe Museum’s website (linked below) or the Native American Festival’s Facebook page for more information about the schedule, participating artists, and how to connect.