Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and The Hudson Museum Present
Molly Neptune Parker: Passamaquoddy Master Basketmaker
Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy, a Master Basketmaker, 2012 National Heritage Fellow (National Endowment for the Arts), and Keeper of the Tradition, demonstrates parts of the process of basketmaking. View Molly Neptune Parker: Passamaquoddy Master Basketmaker video
Eldon Hanning: Micmac Ash Harvest
Eldon Hanning, Micmac, demonstrates the harvest of brown ash to create splints for basketmaking. He also talks about threats to the brown ash from the changing pattern of land use and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Eldon Hanning: Micmac Ash Pounding
Eldon Hanning, Micmac, demonstrates the process of pounding brown ash to create splints for basketmaking.
Dianne Apt: Sweet Grass Braiding (November 15, 1942 – September 2, 2019)
Dianne Apt, Passamaquoddy, demonstrates the process of harvesting and braiding sweetgrass for use in basketmaking.
Richard Keezer: Passamaquoddy Wood Carver
Richard Keezer, Passamaquoddy, talks about carving traditions in his community.
Stan Neptune: Penobscot Wood Carver
Stan Neptune, Penobscot, demonstrates the harvest of gray birch and poplar saplings to make root clubs.
Joe “Hugga” Dana: Penobscot Wood Carver
Joe “Hugga” Dana, Penobscot, demonstrates the carving of walking sticks and snow snakes.
Fred Tomah: Maliseet Basketmaker (May 28, 1951 – November 14, 2018)
Fred Tomah, Maliseet, demonstrates the process of making baskets and talks about taking the art form in a new direction.
Jeremy Frey & Ganessa Bryant: Carriers of Culture
Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy, and Ganessa Bryant, Penobscot, are basketmakers who discuss how they learned to make baskets, some of their influences, and their concern for the future of the tradition.
Clara Keezer: National Heritage Fellow (August 3, 1930 – August 2, 2016)
Clara Keezer, Passamaquoddy, a 2002 National Heritage Fellow (National Endowment for the Arts), talks about her history as a basketmaker, where she learned new styles, and where ideas came from to create new baskets.
Caron Shay with Briana Randall: Passing on the Tradition
Caron Shay and her Granddaughter Briana Randall, Penobscot, talk about teaching basketmaking from one generation to the next .
Mary Sanipass: Micmac Master Basketmaker
Mary Sanipass, Micmac, talks about the history of making traditional Micmac basket forms, such as the potato basket, within her family.
David Moses Bridges: Passamaquoddy Birchbark Artist (May 17, 1962 – January 20, 2017)
David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy, talks about harvesting birchbark and gathering spruce root for canoe making and other birchbark art forms.
ssipsis: Artist, Poet, and Author (June 10, 1941 – October 27, 2015)
ssipsis, Penobscot, discusses the process of gathering, storing, and using birchbark.
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune: Penobscot Beadworker
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, Penobscot, a basketmaker and beadworker who discusses bringing back some of the lost artifacts of traditional beadworking. This video focuses on her work to revive Penobscot beadworking traditions.
Theresa Secord: Penobscot Basketmaker and Executive Director of MIBA
Theresa Secord, Penobscot, is a 2016 National Heritage Fellow (National Endowment for the Arts), basketmaker, and former Executive Director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. She discusses MIBA’s role and their mission to keep the brown ash and sweetgrass traditions alive for future generations.
The Elders Speak
The Elders Speak features Ted Mitchell and Arnold Neptune, both Penobscot, and Joseph “Cozy” Nicholas, Passamaquoddy, talking about changes within their community over the last 75 years.
Barry Dana: Penobscot Birchbark Artist
Barry Dana, Penobscot, creates a birchbark wigwam for the Hudson Museum and talks about these traditions within his community.