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Wabanaki Winter Market

Wabanaki Winter Market (2023 Edition)

The Wabanaki Winter Market at the Collins Center for the Arts (Orono, Maine) is New England’s largest holiday gathering of Wabanaki artists. The popular annual December event features members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance who have received national awards, as well as new artists representing the next generation of weavers.

The event provides the public with an opportunity to purchase Wabanaki art directly from the artists and to learn about these ancient traditions.

Join the Hudson Museum on December 9, 2023 for a day that will showcase one-of-a-kind art forms (basketry, beadwork, wood carving, birchbark items), and maple syrup as well as demonstrations, storytelling, traditional music, drumming and dancing. Something for everyone!

The Hudson Museum will be open during the event, and visitors are encouraged to explore the Wabanaki Gallery where they can view the work of the ancestors of the contemporary artists.

The Wabanaki Winter Market is FREE and open to the public.

This event is supported in part by grants from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Onion Foundation

Mark your calendar!

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 (from 9 am to 3 pm)

Location: The Collins Center for the Arts (2 Flagstaff Road in Orono, Maine)

Gretchen Faulkner | Director, Hudson Museum
(207) 581-1904 |

For event updates, please visit:

About the Hudson Museum:

The Hudson Museum, University of Maine, is Maine’s Museum of World Cultures and is located in the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine.

The Hudson Museum maintains a collection of over 9,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects. The Museum’s collections feature an extraordinary collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts ranging from Olmec to Aztec – The William P. Palmer III Collection, Native American holdings from the Northeast, the Southwest, Northwest Coast, Arctic, and Plains, as well as collections from Africa, Oceania and Asia. The Museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibits, offers guided tours and gallery programs for learners of all ages, lectures, workshops and the annual Wabanaki Winter Market.

Participating Wabanaki artists(*)

Carolyn Anderson, Maliseet
Eric Otter Bacon, Passamaquoddy
Dolly Barnes, Passamaquoddy
Doris Chapman, Passamaquoddy
Mary Creighton, Passamaquoddy
Pam Cunningham, Penobscot
Barry Dana, Penobscot
Carol Dana, Penobscot
Amanda Ennis, Maliseet
Alexandra Francis, Penobscot
Barbara Francis, Penobscot
Charlene Francis, Penobscot
Cheryl Francis, Penobscot
Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy
Gal Frey, Passamaquoddy
Eldon Hanning, Mi’kmaq
Frank Hanning, Mi’kmaq
Hawk Henries, Nipmuc
Sierra Henries, Nipmuc
Debbie Huston, Penobscot
Gerald “Butch” Jacobs, Passamaquoddy
Susie Lewey, Maliseet/Passamaquoddy
Jo-Ellen Loring Jamieson, Penobscot
Nicole Johnson, Penobscot
Nancy LaCoote, Passamaquoddy
Jeanne Lewey, Penobscot
Wendy Little Bear, Penobscot
Paula Love, Penobscot
Norma Randi Marshall, Passamaquoddy
Erica Menard, Penobscot
Belinda Miliano, Passamaquoddy
Edith Mitchell, Penobscot
Linda Morin, Mi’kmaq
Kat Nelson, Penobscot
Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy
Jennifer Neptune, Penobscot
Kira Neptune, Passamaquoddy
Peter Neptune, Passamaquoddy
Debbie Nicholas, Passamaquoddy
Jason Pardilla, Penobscot
Butch Phillips, Penobscot
Gayle Phillips, Penobscot
Rolf Richter, Passamaquoddy
Lokotah Sanborn, Penobscot
Minquansis Sapiel, Passamaquoddy
Theresa Secord, Penobscot
Caron Shay, Penobscot
Tim Shay, Penobscot
Michelle Smiley, Passamaquoddy
Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot
Frances Soctomah, Passamaquoddy
Tiana Vermette, Penobscot
Jeremy Violette, Penobscot
Wooden Way Creations, Passamaquoddy


Penobscot Theater
Our Maine Book
Maine Forest Service
Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik (APCAW)

(*) this list will be continuously updated


Saturday, December 9, 2023
9:00 Doors open to the public
9:30-10:00 Welcome 
10:00-10:30 Traditional Penobscot Songs with Kelly Demmons
10:30-11:00 Mi’kmaq Brown Ash Pounding Demonstration with Eldon Hanning
11:00-11:30 Children’s Book Reading in the Wabanaki Gallery.  Author Minquansis Sapiel, Passamaquoddy will read Little People of the Dawn.
11:30 to Noon Flute Music with Hawk Henries, Nipmuc
1:00-1:30  Passamaquoddy Sweetgrass Flower Demonstration with Debbie Nicholas
1:30-2:00 Weaving with non-Traditional Materials with Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot
2:00-3:00 Burnurwurbskek Singers
Flower Top Basket by Molly Nepture Parker (1939-2000) - Passamaquoddy -
HM9256 - Flower Top Basket by Molly Neptune Parker (1939-2020)- Passamaquoddy -




Following are links to websites providing a list of local accommodations for participants and visitors coming from longer distances and who want to explore the area.

Chamber of Commerce (hotel listings)

Google listings (Orono, ME)

Google listings (Bangor, ME)

Airbnb (Orono, ME)

Airbnb (Bangor, ME)


FAQ 1: Is parking available? How far is the parking from the entrance?
Answer: Free parking is immediately across from the Collins Center for the Arts. In addition, handicap parking is available with proper vehicle placards or license plates in both the CCA and Belgrade parking lots located on the front side of the building. Drop-off location: Patrons can be dropped off at the front of the building on Flagstaff Road, which can be accessed from both the College Avenue and Park Street entrance to campus. The drop-off point is located approximately 30 feet from the building entrance.

FAQ 2: What method of payments do participating artists accept?
Answer: Some vendors accept credit cards, all accept cash and checks. There is an ATM in the Collins Center for the Arts. Note that prices range anywhere from $20 to thousands.  There is something for everyone in a variety of price ranges!

FAQ 3: Will there be foods or drinks available to purchase?
Answer: Sodexo will be providing food at the event from 9-1:30 with their Simply to Go Menu in the Bodwell Area, 3rd Level, Collins Center for the Arts. Cash and Credit Cards accepted.

Do you have a question? Please email Gretchen Faulkner, Director, Hudson Museum (


Press and other marketing partners may use the following images to promote the 2023 Wabanaki Winter Market. Whenever possible, please include the following photo caption “Wabanaki Winter Market” and credit “Courtesy of the University of Maine Hudson Museum” – THANK YOU.


  1. Primary: Gretchen Faulkner | Director, Hudson Museum (207.581.1904) |
  2. Graphic Design: Thierry H. Bonneville (BC – Agency) | (207) 433.0212

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