American Native Arts and Antiques

Exceptional Current and Vintage Native American Arts

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Chip carving

Aaron York is an internationally known traditional artist and educator. He is the owner and founder of the Red Child Studio of Fine Wabanaki Arts. Although best known for his skills as a birchbark canoe artisan, he has also revived several other rare Wabanaki art forms such as brides boxes and highly embellished crooked knives.

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.

Erik is Penobscot/Abenaki who grew up spending summers with his Penobscot grandfather on Indian Island, Penobscot Nation, Maine and with his Abenaki mother on Abenaki lands in New Brunswick, Canada.

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.

2 Faces Root Club - Chief (face 1st side)

This remarkable root club was carved by Stan Neptune, Penobscot carver. It has "2 faces" on opposite sides of this club - each face in the top of the root bundle and the side of the handle underneath each face is carved in a different tradition - from a different era. There is the very traditional "Spirit face" with old traditional designs and motifs carved below it.

Brave & Butterfly Talking Stick  - entire front of stick

On the bottom center front of this talking stick Joe Hugga Dana, Penobscot has placed an incised butterfly, similar to one's his father's mentor carved. Hugga is an exceptional chip carver and artist. He is the son of Stan Neptune and was taught by his father to chip carve. Stan is the leading authority on Maine Indian chip carving, root clubs and walking sticks.

Chief's Head with Turtle Talking Stick

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

Bride's Box "Nanatansisak Love" (Hummingbirds Love)

This spectacular bride's box by Aaron York, Abenaki artist is one of a handful of brides boxes he has made. Most of the others are in museums including the prestigious McCord Museum, Montreal, QC, Canada. This is a larger bride's box and the two hummingbirds hover above a lady slipper flower, the wild elusive queen flower of the Northern Woods.

Talking stick, Turtle

In order to view the entire length of the talking stick, you will need to click one of the images below. That will enable you to view all the images in their entirety.

Woman and Chief Walking Stick - woman's face

In many ways this is a traditional style chip carved walking stick by Erik Sappier, Penobscot/Abenaki, carver. This is a large walking stick, 44" long and 2" in diameter. (CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE ENTIRE IMAGE _ You can only see a small portion, a square, of the actual photo)