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Gifts from Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms from the Hudson Museum

February 14 – June 1, 2008

Penobscot Band Box with Lid c1850 - 1870, Hudson Museum Collections width=

Penobscot Band Box with Lid c1850-1870, Hudson Museum Collections

Gifts from Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms from the Hudson Museum, an exhibit celebrating the craft traditions of Maine's Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes, featured over 75 objects from the collections of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine in Orono. Drawing upon the Hudson's historic and contemporary collections and historic images, the exhibit included brown ash splint and sweet grass basketry dating from 1860 to the present, along with an important collection of basketmaking tools and molds, birchbark containers and implements, rootclubs, crooked knives, snowshoes, and Penobscot beadwork, including ceremonial regalia.

This exhibit was a celebration of the material culture traditions of Maine's Indian people and a showcase of the objects they made using the resources of their world. The methods used to make these objects evolved over thousands of years and yet those same traditions are a vital part of the Maine Indian community today.

According to Indian legend, the Great Spirit created Gluskabe, a powerful person who shaped the world of the Native People of Maine, and taught them how to use and respect the land and its resources. Gluskabe showed the people how to make tools and how to create all that they needed—everything from shelter and clothing to household implements and canoes.

Gifts from Gluskabe, co–curated by Gretchen Faulkner of the Hudson Museum at Orono and John Mayer, Curator at MHS.

Gifts from Gluskabe was sponsored by The BHA Foundation Fund and The Elsie A. Brown Fund.

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