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Ganessa, Penobscot basketmaker, grew up on Indian Island, Penobscot Nation, Maine in a family of basketmakers and artists. She creates both full–size and miniature point baskets, as well as a wide variety of other forms. Her work often features perfectly executed curls, both curlicue curls and porcupine curls which she refers to as "points". On her miniature and "micro mini" baskets, the curls are unbelievably small and quite perfect.

Ganessa's mother, Kim Bryant is an accomplished basketmaker as is her aunt, Pam Cunningham. Ganessa was taught basketry while working with her life partner Jeremy Frey, highly acclaimed Passamaquoddy basketmaker. Ganessa has developed her distinctive style that differs from Jeremy's and from her mother and aunt's style.

Work by Ganessa is featured in an exhibit "Transcending Traditions" which was at the Hudson Museum, University of Maine, Orono Maine and will be at the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor Maine thru December 2012.

Ganessa - Transcending Traditions