Wabanaki Arts Festival Apr. 16

Story posted April 12, 2011

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Wabanaki baskets.

Bowdoin College will sponsor the fourth annual Wabanaki Arts Festival Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union. The festival is open to the public and admission is free.

The Wabanaki Arts Festival continues to build the strong relationship between the Midcoast community and the four Native American tribes in Maine (Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot). It brings together artisans, basket makers, and traditional music as a celebration of Wabanaki culture.

The music will be ongoing throughout the day and includes the Alamoosic Lake Singers, flute and storytelling by Hawk Henries, and hand drumming and song by Watie Akins.

Thirty artisans and crafters will offer their unique items for sale and will provide demonstrations of their crafts. Items include ash and sweetgrass baskets, wood and stone sculptures, birchbark boxes, and jewelry.

The Wabanaki Arts Festival is hosted by Bowdoin's Native American Students Association (NASA), and is partially funded by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

For more information call 207-725-3375 or email Leslie Shaw, Bowdoin's liaison for Native American affairs.

Read more about the Wabanaki and academic partnership program launched by the four Maine tribes and Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Colleges in 2007.

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