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Gaby Pelletier
A.B.D., M.A., B.Ed., B.A

More than 10 Years Research on :

Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy Penobscot, & Abenaki baskets, quillwork, moosehair embroidery, beadwork, & barkwork

Former Assistant Curator of History
New Brunswick Museum

Volunteer & Contract Work with:

      * York Sunbury Historical Society & Museum, Fredericton, NB
      * New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB
      * National Museum of Man, Ottawa, ON
      * Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC
      * Musée Acadien, l’Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
      * Centre Culturel Malécite de Cacouna, Cacouna, QC
      * Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Prince William, NB
      * Native Studies St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB
      * Carleton County Historical Society Museum, Woodstock, NB
      * Kings County Historical Society & Museum, Hampton, NB
      * Lorenzo Society, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB
      * Warner Historical Society, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, and Wijokadoak Inc., Warner, NH
      * Hopkinton Historical Society, Hopkinton, NH

Some Noteworthy Publications, Exhibits, and Projects

Publications (see Publications page for complete list)

  • “Wholesale Baskets”, Neat Work, E-Newsletter, April, 2009
  • “The Hatbox and the Sample Basket”, Neat Work E-Newsletter, Jan., 2009
  • “Wabanaki Splint Wood Baskerty”, Presence Amerindienne: dans les literatures et sociétés de l’Amérique Anglophone, Schoelcher, Martinique, 1993
  • Abenaki Basketry, National Museum of Man, 1982
  • “From Animal Skins to Polyester: Two Hundred Years of Micmac and Maliseet Clothing Styles”, Papers of the Tenth Algonquin Conference, 1977
  • Micmac and Maliseet Decorative Traditions, New Brunswick Museum, 1977
  • The Loyalists, New Brunswick Museum, 1976
Exhibits & Events
  • Expert consultant for the event : Baskets Out of the Attic, Warner, NH, 2011
  • Creating Art From Ash Trees, Lorenzo Society, Ward Chipman Library, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB, 2009
  • Research Assistance for Pickard Basket Collection Made by the Tomah Family of Kingsclear, Gouvernment House, Frederiction, NB, 2003
  • Micmac & Maliseet Art, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB 1977-1981
  • The Loyalists, New Brunswick Museum, 1976-1981
  • The British Empire Loyalists, Brunswick, ME, for NBM, 1978

Native Splint Basket Research

      * Photographed and measured in detail almost 3000 baskets in museums, antique shops, and private collections.

      * Interviewed more than 150 Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki elders in the 1970s

      * Received a research grant from the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Ethnology Service with the assistance of the New
        Brunswick Museum and wrote a 285 page report.

      * Received a second grant from the CMC and NBM which resulted in a publication – Abenaki Basketry

Ethnology Reports for First Nations Communities, Museums, and Private Collectors

      * Researched and prepared an accession report in French on the ethnology collection for the Musée Acadien, l’Université de
        Moncton, NB

      * Researched and wrote a 12 page report on an early Maliseet hat box basket for the Centre Culturel Malécite de Cacouna, QC

      * Researched and wrote a 16 page report on the Maliseet basket collection of the Carleton County Historical Society Museum
        for Andrea Bear Nicholas, Chair of Native Studies, St. Thomas University

      * Researched and wrote a 36 page accession report on the ethnology collection of the Kings County Museum

      * Prepared reports on ethnology collections for private collectors including native people.

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