Abbe’s Indian Market stays virtual for 2021

BAR HARBOR—In 2020, because of the pandemic, the Abbe Museum decided to cancel its in-person annual Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM) and created its first virtual market, which turned out to be a big success. In the continued interest of public health, the museum has decided to hold the market virtually again this year.

The 2021 Digital AMIM, sponsored by Lee Auto Malls, will be a two-day online event. New this year is a Friday evening kick-off party starting at 5 p.m. on May 14. Chris Newell, the museum’s executive director and senior partner to Wabanaki Nations, will welcome event goers to the weekend’s activities. There will also be artist performances by Firefly the Hybrid (Penobscot) and Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq).

The digital market will take place on May 15 from noon to 6 p.m. Participants will have the chance to meet some of the artists, learning more about them, their process and their body of work. In addition to spotlighting artists, Digital AMIM will include hourly performances and educational programming.

At 7 p.m. both evenings, there will be a film showing as part of the annual Indigenous Film Festival that takes place alongside the market.

“This year’s Digital AMIM will have new artists, new ways to interact and new performances,” said Newell, “We invite the world to virtually join us in Bar Harbor, Maine, for this amazing event!”

More details about Digital AMIM will be available at, including the market’s schedule and information on participating artists.

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