Cultural Resources, in collaboration with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, has developed the Wabanaki Traditional Arts Mentorship Program.

The program provides teaching opportunities for experienced mentors to pass on their skills to qualified students. Up to $3,000 is available for teaching fees, supplies and travel costs.

Mentors and students apply together to work on a one-on-one instructional basis over the course of one year. Mentors are  individuals recognized by the Wabanaki community as exemplary practitioners and keepers of cultural knowledge. 


Each mentor will have a chance to select their prospective student. The student should have prior experience in the traditional practice. During the mentorship, the Wabanaki Traditional Arts Mentorship Program coordinator will visit each mentor/student team in order to document and evaluate the mentorship.  

This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund
of the Maine Community Foundation.

© Peter Dembski