A basket made by Barbara Francis, Penobscot. A film about Francis' life will be shown April 4 at the Northeast Harbor Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NORTHEAST HARBOR LIBRARY

‘Penobscot Basket Maker’ film to be shown

MOUNT DESERT — “Penobscot Basket Maker,” the second film in the Northeast Harbor Library’s Native American Film Series, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 4, at 5 p.m.

Barbara Francis grew up poor on Indian Island, went to high school in Old Town, moved away, and returned in 1977 when she was a young woman, pregnant, with nowhere to go. She moved in with two elders, two older women who were basket makers, and started making baskets herself.

This film tells her story, about her return to life in step with the old ways of the Penobscot. In much of the film, she is sitting on the couch in her home, working on a basket.

“Listening to her talk, in her soft voice, creates a distinct quiet, calm, mood,” said a press release. “It also shows her husband, Marty, older than her, who remembers the old ways, and knows how to prepare her materials from ash logs. This film gives access to the quality of life and spirit of the Penobscot.”

A discussion with Kelly Starr of the Abbe Museum will follow the screening. She will bring some of Francis’ baskets to show. The event is free and open to the public.

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