UMaine Hosts Basket-makers Sale and Demonstration

ORONO - For those in the middle of holiday shopping, you might want to check out a unique idea, handcrafted gift baskets.

The Maine Indian Basket-makers Alliance held its 19th annual sale and demonstration this morning at the UMaine campus in Orono, on display, the work of over 50 artists.

Vendors sold everything from jewelry to wood carvings.
and these products are things you can't get in stores.


John Bear Mitchell, the Native American Waiver Coordinator, explains, "A lot of these crafts that are made today, birch bark crafts, brown ash crafts, all come from very old traditional sources where the basket-makers are actually going out into the forest and they are harvesting the trees, they are splitting the ash."


Vendors say they have been preparing for the sale since august.



Jaclyn Cangro

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Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.

While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.

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