MAINE INDIAN BASKETMAKING:
PASSING ON THE ANCIENT TRADITION

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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will be sponsoring the 40th Annual Common Ground Country Fair beginning on Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th.
The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) will be presenting a Brown Ash Pounding Demonstration on Friday, September 23rd from 10 to 11 AM. Speaker Gerald Brown will take attendees through the process in which it takes to prepare the ash for basketmaking. Then on Saturday, September 24th from 10 to 11 AM the MIBA will be offering Fancy Basket Weaving demonstrations with speaker Sarah Sockbeson. The demonstrations will be located at the MIBA tent. The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) was founded in 1993, to preserve the endangered ash and sweetgrass basketry weaving traditions of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes. In the 1990’s there were less than a dozen makers younger than the age of 50 statewide,

Brown Ash Basket demonstration to be held on Friday, September 23rd. (Photo courtesy of Jean English)

who were still practicing and learning this ancient and once prolific, art form. Through 20 years of educational programs and marketing efforts, the MIBA has lowered the average age of basket makers from 63 to 40 and increased numbers from 55 founding members to over 200 basket makers today.
The Common Ground Fair will be located on 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity. For more information contact 207-568-4142, email: mofga@mofga.org or visit www.mofga.org for a full schedule and map of events.