Biographical / Historical
The following description of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine is from their website, found at http://www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/index.html:
"The Hudson Museum maintains a collection of over 8,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects including a world class assemblage of 2,828 Precolumbian ceramics, lithics and gold work dating from 2000 BC to the time of the Spanish Conquest. This collection is complemented by contemporary ethnographic objects from Mexico, Guatemala and Panama.
The North American collection includes Native American and Native Alaskan objects from the Northwest Coast, Arctic, Plains, Southwest and Northeast. The Maine Native American collection boasts 400 objects, including the largest institutional collection of Penobscot basketmaking tools in the region. Southwestern holdings include historic Pueblo pottery, Hopi kachinas, Navajo textiles, Pima and Havasupai basketry, Navajo and Zuni silverwork and contemporary art. Arctic holdings feature ethnographic clothing, tools and weapon"
The following description of the Maine Indian Basketmakers' Alliance is from their website, found at http://www.maineindianbaskets.org/:
"The Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) is a nonprofit Native American arts service organization focused on preserving and extending the art of basketmaking within Maine's Native American community. MIBA seeks to preserve the ancient tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking among the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes."