BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum Indian Market is back, and bigger. The weekend-long celebration of Native art and artists is set for May 17-19. In addition to the market and performances on the Village Green, the event will include a fashion show at the Criterion and an Indigenous Film Festival at Reel Pizza.
“The event shines a bright light on Wabanaki artists and deepens the economic impact of art making for tribal communities,” event organizers said.
“Markets like this one help make it possible for artists to work full-time and make a living through art. They also help revitalize remnant art forms and make room for innovation.”
At the inaugural market last year, about 50 native basket makers, pottery makers, jewelry makers, wood carvers, painters and other artists and craftspeople from around the country sold their creation. Some were from the four Indian tribes in Maine. Several were from tribes in the Southwest. This year, many more artists will participate, bringing to total to nearly 100, representing more than 40 Native communities. The market features 20 Wabanaki artists.
During the market, native musicians and storytellers including Geo Naptune and Hawk Henries will perform. This year, the market will also include a People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice Awards competition. Winners will be selected and awarded during the Friday evening Preview Party at the museum, which begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for the party are $40.
Saturday’s fashion show, at the Criterion at 6 p.m., will highlight the work of Indigenous fashion designers who draw inspiration from their tribal identities to present their culture through a modern lens. This years designers include ACONAV (Acoma Pueblo/Navajo), Ingrid Brooks (Mi’kmaq), Leslie Deer (Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma), Niio Perkins (Haudenosaunee) and Dawn Spears (Narragansett).
General orchestra tickets are $12 and may be purchased from the Criterion by calling 288-0829 or visiting criteriontheatre.org. VIP tickets, which include exclusive seating and a reception after the show with the designers, are $25 and may be purchased by calling 801-4083 or visiting abbemuseum.org/indianmarket.
Tickets to film festival showings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers may be purchased at the Reel Pizza box office. Contact Reel Pizza at 288-3828 or reelpizza.com.