This small round ash basket with loops of braided tidal sweetgrass at the top is by Kenny Keezer, Passamaquoddy. The ash is natural (near white), and dyed green and red. The braided tidal sweetgrass loops are of tight neat braids. There is plain tidal sweetgrass wrapping the rim of the basket.
This small round natural ash basket by Kenny Keezer, Passamaquoddy has 2 types of decorative curls. The basket's sides have 2 rows of small slant curl separated by a row of larger curlicue curls s.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. The bottom row of curls are all curlicue curls.
This lovely large round basket has several loops of somewhat thick tightly braided tidal sweetgrass that extend up over the rim of the basket. It is by Clara Neptune Keezer (d. 2016) - a much honored Passamaquoddy basketmaker and elder. This is an older design element used by Passamaquoddy basketmakers as early as 1880's.
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.
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).