Former Chief Barry Dana, Penobscot, does birch bark work. Barry does both porcupine quill design and etching qoek in traditional Wabanaki designs as well as realistic etchings of natural scenes... such as pumpkins and corn, portraits, moose, deer, birds etc.
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, beadworker, basketmaker and herbalist. Jennifer's ancestors have lived on what is now the Penobscot Nation's "Indian Island" for generations. She remembers her grandmother working there to dye ash splints for traditional ash and sweetgrass baskets. Jennifer has a degree in anthropology and a concentration in Native Studies from the University of Maine in Orono.
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.
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.
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.
Ganessa, Penobscot basketmaker, is best known for her amazing miniature point curl baskets and her creative use of color.
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!
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.
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.
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