Kathleen Mundell, Director
Kathleen is a folklorist with over thirty year's experience in public sector folklore including the development of audio programs, festivals, and exhibitions on traditional culture and folk art.
Her collaboration with Wabanaki basket makers resulted in a multi-tribal effort to preserve the ash basketry tradition and the creation of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. She is the author of North by Northeast: Wabanaki, Haudenosaunee and Tuscarora Traditional Arts (Tilbury House Press, 2008) and the co-author, with Jennifer Neptune, of WíwӘnikan…the beauty we carry (Colby College Museum of Art, 2019).
Frances Soctomah, Social Media Coordinator
Frances is an artist who belongs to the Peskotomuhkatiyik—the People Who Spear Pollock—known in English as the Passamaquoddy. Raised at Motahkomikuk, she is the granddaughter of the late Passamaquoddy elder, Molly Neptune Parker, a world-renowned basketmaker and matriarch of four generations of basketmakers. Frances studied the art of fancy basketmaking at her grandmother’s side, learning styles passed down to her family through generations of weavers.
After graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in sociology and anthropology, she completed a fellowship with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts where she focused on fundraising strategies and sustainable programming efforts for cultural nonprofits. She currently serves as co-director at Nibezun, an Indigenous-led non-profit in Passadumkeag, Maine, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the traditional wisdom and cultures of the Wabanaki for the benefit of all people.
Frances is in the process of completing her third and final year of the Intermedia masters of fine arts program at the University of Maine. She remains active in art and museum circles using her educational experiences to support spaces for Wabanaki people to create, connect, thrive, and be seen.