EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL WORK


 
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Since David came back to Maine from San Francisco in the beginning of 1990, he worked with Wabanaki communities providing educational workshops in the construction of full size, traditionally built canoes. With both children and adults, he provided educational workshops in the construction of birch-bark containers. Being acutely aware of the lack of information available to the novice builder in birch-bark container craft, David began collecting information from research institutions. The focus was to gather and make available information, locations, cultural provenance, construction details, and design motifs.


In David's words:

My work at present is to continue my educational programs to our Wabanaki communities and to present this work to the broader community through artist residencies and hands on experience. The Wabanaki tradition offers many educational opportunities, history, use of raw materials and responsible stewardship of our lands and our planet are included in my programs. For members of my own community this work brings us into the world of our ancestors. Through this process we are once again engaged in our cultural heritage
David Moses Bridges, 2007
 
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Educational and Cultural Projects and Committees
   
2012-2017 Abbe Museum Board Trustee: Executive Commitee, Native Advisory Board
2011-16 Wayneflete School; Portland ME. (children’s programs)
2011 Peabody Essex Museum; Salem MA. (lecturer; cultural educator)
2011 Damariscotta River Association; Damariscotta ME. (children’s programs)
2011-2016 National Park Service, Bar Harbor; ME. (lecturer; cultural educator)
2010 Damariscotta River Association; Damariscotta, ME. (domed wigwam project, children’s projects)
2010 Bar Harbor Elementary School; Bar Harbor, ME. (children’s programs)
2010 Passamaquoddy Nation; Beatrice Rafferty School, Perry, ME. (children’s programs)
2010-2016 National Park Service; Acadia National Park, (cultural demonstrator)
2010 Tides Institute, Passamaquoddy Nation: (children’s program)
2010 Museo Archeologico; Universidad Mayor De San Simon: Cochabamba, Bolivia (lecture)
2009 Salt Bay Center; Damariscotta ME. (adult programs)
2009 Passamaquoddy Nation; Beatrice Rafferty School, Perry ME. (children’s program)
2009-2015 Abbe Museum; Bar Harbor ME. (children’s and adult programs)
2009 N.M.A.I. Smithsonian Institution; Washington D.C. (children’s program)
2008 Eiteljorg Museum; Indianapolis, Indiana (artist in residence)
2008 Indianapolis Arts Center; Indianapolis, IN. (adult program)
2008 Boner Center, Indianapolis; IN. (senior citizens program)
2007-10 Commission Member, Maine Arts Commission
2006-08 Advisory Committee, New England Foundation for the Arts
2007 Salt Bay Center; Damariscotta, ME. (children’s programs)
2001-3 Maine Native American History and Culture; Washington County Technical College, Eastport, ME.
1996-2017 Member, Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance