In 2013 Lannan Foundation made a grant for general operating support of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA), a nonprofit Native American arts service organization focused on preserving and extending the art of basketmaking within Maine’s Native American community
MIBA seeks to preserve the ancient tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking among the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes. MIBA’s goals are to:
- Preserve and document the tradition of basketmaking among the four tribes
- Expand markets for baskets in Maine and beyond
- Ensure a supply of high quality brown ash and sweetgrass for present and future generations
- Provide outreach, education and apprenticeships to younger members of the tribes to ensure continuation of the traditions.