Former Chief Barry Dana, Penobscot, does birch bark work. Barry does both porcupine quill design and etching qoek in traditional Wabanaki designs as well as realistic etchings of natural scenes... such as pumpkins and corn, portraits, moose, deer, birds etc.
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, beadworker, basketmaker and herbalist. Jennifer's ancestors have lived on what is now the Penobscot Nation's "Indian Island" for generations. She remembers her grandmother working there to dye ash splints for traditional ash and sweetgrass baskets. Jennifer has a degree in anthropology and a concentration in Native Studies from the University of Maine in Orono.
Stan Neptune is the leading authority on Maine Indian chip carving, root clubs and walking sticks. In the process of learning Penobscot myths, history, legends and stories from Senebeh, a religious elder and root club carver, Stan picked up chip carving.
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.
Joe 'Hugga' Dana is the finest Native American chip carver. Chip carving is a traditional Native American art form specific to the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes of Maine.
Ganessa, Penobscot basketmaker, is best known for her amazing miniature point curl baskets and her creative use of color.
Please click on each photo - expands to full size views of the entire stick you will be able to see the entire front and back of the stick - more of the designs as well
Midnight Whitecaps - a significant work by Penobscot artist/basketmaker Sarah Sockbeson evokes foamy waves atop a stormy sea on a moonless night. A similar basket by Sarah took 2nd place in basketry at the 2018 Heard Museum's Indian Market show. (see photo of this work w/ribbon it won below) This tall vase shaped basket has porcupine curls over alternate ash splint weavers.
A pine tree basket from the Pine Tree State (Maine)! So excited to have some new & great baskets by Susan "Pi'htalo"/longtail Thompson. This pine cone basket has sharp "point" or "porcupine" curls, Sue's unique handle of tightly braided & tightly wrapped/twisted tidal sweetgrass and some green pine "needles" on the top of the lid.
Stormy Sky; basket by Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot basketmaker has has both porcupine curls and round curlicue curls. The antler handle balances it perfectly. The colors are that of a storm coming; dark teal blue (sky), pewter gray (dark cloud), and natural ash (the white edges of the building clouds).