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June 2015 Events at the Abbe Museum

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Trade Economies with Museum Educator Jen Heindel

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Trade EconomiesTrade has been a key component of culture throughout human history. Adapted from our popular school program, Trade Economies will discuss three significant periods of trade for the Wabanaki people—pre-contact trading, trade with Europeans, and the transition to a cash economy—through hands-on examples from our education collection. The discussion will range from objects that would have been traded for in pre-European times to the price of a contemporary fancy basket, with an examination of the cultural changes that brought about economic shifts in the Dawnland.


Free and open to the public.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Basket Comparisons with Museum Educator and Master Basketmaker George Neptune, Passamaquoddy

Basket ComparisonsNoon - 1:00 pm


Basketmaking is an art form that has been practiced in Wabanaki cultures since pre-contact times. With multiple influences coming into play throughout history, the art form itself has undergone many changes, whether through aesthetic trends or the introduction of new mediums. Adapted from our popular Basket Comparisons school program, those in attendance will learn about the basketmaking process, the materials used, types of baskets, and decorative weaves, as well as learn how to estimate the age of a basket. Using both historic and contemporary hands-on examples, you can use this knowledge to gain more information about your own basket collection.


Free and open to the public.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown



Friday, June 26, 2015

Trade Economies Children's Workshop with Museum Educator Jen Heindel

10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Trade EconomiesIn this workshop, participants will have the chance to learn, through hands on examples from our education collection, about three periods of trade in Wabanaki history—pre-contact trading, trade with Europeans, and the switch to a cash based economy. Learn about what would have been traded with the early European visitors, as well as the evolution of contemporary fancy baskets! Then, choose a craft activity to represent one of these time periods—make a beaded bracelet, a sewn-cloth pouch, or an etched faux-birchbark picture frame. With varying levels of difficulty, kids of all ages will be able to take a souvenir home with them.


Free and open to the public, recommended for families.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown

Dial: (207) 288-3519


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