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.
Pam outdusis Cunningham was one of the very few young basketmakers working in the 1990's. At that time most thought Maine Indian basketry to be a dying art. Pam's successes, enthusiasm and willingness to teach and share her talents went a long way to keeping this art alive, ensuring a younger generation would learn basketry and to making Maine Indian basketry the respected craft it now is. Pam has always woven technically excellent baskets, enjoyed reproducing older basket forms as well as trying new shapes, colors and styles of her own inventions.
Ganessa, Penobscot basketmaker, is best known for her amazing miniature point curl baskets and her creative use of color.
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 sweet small blueberry basket has a green hull with curly vines on the lid and a handle of tightly braided & tightly wrapped/twisted tidal sweetgrass making a unique handle. On the bottom are blue colored "point" curl feet - for balance to make it stand more securely.
This purse is a smaller version of the basket that Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy won first place in Division B: Non-Southwest Basketry in the twined/wicker category at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, August 2017. It was Gabriel's second time attending this market, he won an honorable mention ribbon in his first year, 2016.
This larger vintage drum basket (round w/straight sides) is so lovely. It is Passamaquoddy and has a beautiful design of wide alternating weaver splints (lovely rose color alternating with natural ash color now turned golden). Over these wide splints are woven sweetgrass braids in an overlaid X pattern. These sweetgrass braids are tightly and finely braided.
Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot basketmaker calls this little beauty a "baby urchin" basket. Sea urchins can be found nearly everywhere on the coast of Maine and it is a form of basket made by Sarah's ancestors for over 125 years.