Sarah has won ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Invitational show for her work. Her work was featured in the Portland Museum of Art's 2016 Bicentennial exhibit along with 3 other young Maine Indian basketmakers. Awards such as these elevate her work from finely crafted baskets to works of art.
Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy basketmaker, is a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award.
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 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.