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Hanover, NH 03755
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Spirit of the Basket Tree

Wabanaki Ash Splint Baskets From Maine

December 20, 2008, through June 28, 2009

Spirit of the Basket Tree: Wabanaki Ash Splint Baskets from Maine, guest curated by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, focuses on the rich visual dialogue between contemporary Wabanaki basket artists of Maine and the legacy of Native American basket making in northern New England and southeastern Canada. Originally created for indigenous use, baskets emerged as valued items of trade with European settlers during the colonial era. They have remained at the center of cultural exchanges between Wabanaki people and Americans of non-native descent up to the present day, serving to solidify cultural identity, perpetuate intergenerational continuity, and symbolize political sovereignty for Wabanaki tribal members through the centuries.

Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, a basket maker herself and a co-manager of the Maine Indian Basket makers Alliance (MIBA), also has written an essay for the gallery brochure that accompanies the exhibition.

Generously supported by the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Exhibition Fund.

Press release

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RELATED EVENTS

14 January, Wednesday, 6:00 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Opening Lecture and Reception Click here to listen
"TO SELL OR  NOT TO SELL: LOOKING FOR FORGOTTEN BASKETRY TRADITIONS IN NATIVE NEW ENGLAND"
Dr. Ann McMullen, Curator and Head of Collections Research and Information, National Museum of the American Indian
Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth College Department of Native American Studies

24 January, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Spirit of the Basket Tree

28 January, Wednesday, 12:00 P.M.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk Click here to listen
"SPIRIT OF THE BASKET TREE: WABANAKI ASH SPLINT BASKETS FROM MAINE"
Alex Bortolot, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

15 February, Sunday, 12:00-2:00 P.M. and 3:00-5:00 P.M.
FAMILY PROGRAM
"Adventures in Art: Spirited Baskets"
From simple containers to baskets shaped like acorns and pumpkins, we'll explore baskets old and new made by Native American artists of the Wabanaki tribes of Maine. Then, using a variety of materials, we'll create our own baskets in the studio. For children ages six to ten and their adult companions. Limited to twenty participants at each time slot. Pre-registration required by calling (603) 646-1469.

4 March, Wednesday, 7:00 PM
ADULT WORKSHOP
"Spirited Baskets"
Join this lively, discussion-based program to explore the Hood's exhibition of ash-splint baskets made by Wabanaki artists from the nineteenth century to today. We'll look at basketry not only as a beautiful art form but also as a means of survival and an integral part of Native American culture. Then, we'll try simple basket weaving in our studio. No previous art experience necessary. Participation limited to sixteen. Pre-registration required by calling (603) 646-1469.

4 April, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Spirit of the Basket Tree

9 May, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Tour of Spirit of the Basket Tree with Alex Bortolot, Assistant Curator, Special Projects

Last Updated: 5/20/09