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 an incredible teeny tiny jack o'lantern basket by Ganessa, Penobscot. Ganessa's miniature baskets are quite amazing - and this one has such charisma 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).