David Moses Bridges in his South Portland workshop with one of his birch bark baskets.
Photo Patty Wight, courtesy Maine Public

David Moses Bridges (1962-2017), a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of eastern Maine, was a renowned birch bark artist, educator, and environmental activist who believed that stewardship of cultural and natural resources from one generation to the next was vital to healthy communities.  

Family and friends honored his memory with the new David Moses Bridges Scholarship for cultural, artistic, and environmental preservation that will encourage connections between master artists and apprentices, aspiring artists, scholars, and elders. The scholarship also will support research and publications inspired by and about Bridges and his work and preservation of culturally important spaces and resources.

The First Peoples Fund Scholarship Committee will assist the Maine Community Foundation in the selection of students, with awards to start in 2019.

- Carl Little