Here is a yellow acorn basket by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy. It is 2.25" in diameter at widest (cap/lid) and tapers to a point at bottom (like a real acorn). It is 2.5" high to the top of the cap/lid. The looped braided sweetgrass handle is 1.5" making this 4" total height. Acorn baskets have been made for over 125 years by Geo's ancestors.
This small round natural ash basket with purple accents is by Kenny Keezer, Passamaquoddy. The basket's sides are covered with decorative slant curls.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.
This smaller "Extraordinary Berry" basket is 2.5" high, 2.25" widest diameter with a 1.75" opening diameter and a .75" bottom diameter. It is covered in curlicue curls, both the lid and the basket. It has six unique cut green "hull leaves " on the lid and a very long braided sweetgrass "stem"...
Here - in a larger than most - is one of Dr Molly Neptune Parker's signature baskets, a strawberry basket. Dr. Molly Neptune Parker has received some of the highest honors for her work as a basketmaker.
Unripe blackberry basket - like ripening fruit, this piece has areas of deep purple, lighter purple and light green, - with a few areas of natural ash, even lighter! This piece by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy basketmaker is similar to a larger piece that won a second place in basketry at The Heard Museum Guild's Indian Market in March, 2017. See last photo which is of the piece and ribbons.
A flower top drum basket (round with straight sides) with gray and black curlique curls by Dolly Barnes, Passamaquoddy. Dolly is the daughter and apprentice of Dr. Molly Neptune Parker, NEA Heritage Fellowship award winner. The flowers atop this basket are one of Dolly's mothers signature styles. Dolly's great- grandmother also made flower topped baskets as does her mother Dr.
This basket with the slice of deer antler as it's handle, it is of magenta and natural ash colors. It is by Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot basketmaker and has has both porcupine curls and round curlicue curls. The antler handle balances it perfectly. Sarah says this is her "medium wide" stlye.
A major piece by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy - "Traditional Flower Basket w/13 Flower's"
First 4 photos show this piece from all 4 sides - following photos show individual flowers close-up, then the basket bottom, and George's signature (on the underside of the handle).
This purse is a smaller version of the basket that Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy won first place in Division B: Non-Southwest Basketry in the twined/wicker category at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, August 2017. It was Gabriel's second time attending this market, he won an honorable mention ribbon in his first year, 2016.
This larger vintage drum basket (round w/straight sides) is so lovely. It is Passamaquoddy and has a beautiful design of wide alternating weaver splints (lovely rose color alternating with natural ash color now turned golden). Over these wide splints are woven sweetgrass braids in an overlaid X pattern. These sweetgrass braids are tightly and finely braided.