Wabanaki Winter Market returns with in-person shopping and events

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The Wabanaki Winter Market, a celebration of art created by Wabanaki artists, will return with in-person shopping and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. It features items like this Passamaquoddy handbag, from Gabriel Frey, basket maker, and Nisa Smiley, jeweler. The top features silver-set mussel shells and splints dyed with cochineal and logwood. Photo courtesy of the Hudson Museum, University of Maine

ORONO – The Wabanaki Winter Market, a celebration of art created by Wabanaki artists, is set to return with in-person shopping and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Collins Center for the Arts in the University of Maine. , 2 Flagstaff Road.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of this flagship holiday event, sponsored by the UMaine Hudson Museum and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. The show will feature 25 Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq artists who create brown ash and sweetgrass baskets, birch bark containers and jewelry, among other traditions. Alliance participants include new nationally award-winning basket makers.

During the market, Gal Frey, an artist from Passamaquoddy, will read “The First Blade of Sweetgrass,” written by her son Gabriel Frey and daughter-in-law Suzanne Greenlaw. Gabriel and Greenlaw, doctoral student at the School of Forest Resources at UMaine, will hold a book signing afterwards.

Last year, the Wabanaki Winter Market was held virtually, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an online artist directory and live demonstrations.

“The Hudson Museum is delighted to host the first in-person market since the Holiday Show held in December 2019.” said Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum, according to a press release from UMaine. “The event offers the public the opportunity to purchase Wabanaki art directly from the artists and learn more about these ancient traditions.”

According to guidelines from the University of Maine Health and Safety System, participants will be required to wear face covers indoors, regardless of their immunization status, and show evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination or ” a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

For more information on the event, visit umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the museum at 207-581-1904.

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