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Passamaquoddy Basketmaker to be Honored at UMM During Native American Meal

Added on: October 29, 2012

Molly Neptune Parker - (Keith Ludden/Maine Arts Commission)MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias Diversity Committee and Aramark will host a luncheon celebration of Native American heritage and history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Kilburn Commons. Passamaquoddy basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker, the recipient of a 2012 Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, will be recognized during the event.

Parker is known for her fancy baskets that feature intricate weaving techniques, such as her signature creation, the acorn-shaped basket. She is a past recipient of the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship Award for Traditional Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts’ Native Arts Award, and First Peoples Fund’s Community Spirit Award.

Several of Parker’s awards and one of her baskets will be on display during the meal.

Bernie Vinzani, associate professor of art and book arts, will be on hand to provide tours of the University’s museum room located in Powers Hall, which includes petroglyph cast and surface prints, stone tools, and pottery fragments. He will also show several Native American baskets that are on display.

The luncheon menu will consist of stir fry, corn, squash, bean soup, dumplings, molasses cake, and rise and raisin pudding. Cost to the public is $6.60 at the door.

For more information, contact Heather Ball at


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