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.
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.
This basket by Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot has eluded my attempts to accurately describe it. It is as etherial as it's maker, delicate of design, colors that seem to be more and less intense with your angle of view, a shape that is almost a straight sided round "drum" basket - and yet... there is a slight bulge at the middle of the basket.
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This is a major work by an emerging young Maine Indian basketry artist, Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot. Sarah has won ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Invitational show for her work.