Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy basketmaker, is a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award.
Paul St. John now lives in Maine, his mother is Passamaquoddy with some MicMac as well. He grew up on his father's homeland - the Mohawk lands in New York. - When I saw his work I knew immediately I needed to offer it.
Erik is Penobscot/Abenaki who grew up spending summers with his Penobscot grandfather on Indian Island, Penobscot Nation, Maine and with his Abenaki mother on Abenaki lands in New Brunswick, Canada.
Sadly David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy - father, husband, craftsman, environmentalist, wonderful speaker, crafter of canoes and birch bark art - as well as a true friend to so many passed away on January 20th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He is missed tremendously by all who knew him. -
Geo Neptune is the grandson of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow award winner, Molly Neptune Parker. Geo Neptune is one of the rising young stars of Maine Indian basketry. Raised by his Grandmother Molly on the Passamaquoddy Reserve in Indian Township, Maine which lies along on the Canadian border/St.Croix River. Geo made his first basket at age 4.
Otter was raised in the Indian Township area of the Passamaquoddy Reservation. His work combines traditional Passamaquoddy motifs with his own innovative style and sometimes with a style from another Native American tribe.
Clara Neptune Keezer, 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy, is a young basketmaker whose list of awards and honors is impressive. Most recent, 2011 "Best in Show" at both the SWIA Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair.
This small round natural ash basket by Kenny Keezer, Passamaquoddy has 2 types of decorative curls. The basket's sides have 2 rows of small slant curl separated by a row of larger curlicue curls s.The lid has a decorative bow handle, a signature style of the Keezer family. The top of the lid is woven with plain tidal sweetgrass. The bottom row of curls are all curlicue curls.
This lovely large round basket has several loops of somewhat thick tightly braided tidal sweetgrass that extend up over the rim of the basket. It is by Clara Neptune Keezer (d. 2016) - a much honored Passamaquoddy basketmaker and elder. This is an older design element used by Passamaquoddy basketmakers as early as 1880's.