Contemporary Baskets

Clara Keezer
Clara Keezer, at the Hudson Museum Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration, December 2002.

Today, Maine Indian basketmakers continue to use tools passed down from their ancestors to produce sturdy work baskets and ornate, finely woven, fancy baskets. Some 75 basketmakers from Maine’s four tribes currently make baskets. The majority of these individuals are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. In 1992, the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance was formed to promote all aspects of this tradition from the gathering and preparation of brown ash and sweetgrass to actively promoting and marketing Maine Indian baskets.

(See Tribal Map)

Sea Urchin Basket

Sea Urchin Basket

Mary Mitchell Gabriel
Passamaquoddy
National Heritage Fellow
Loaned by Deborah Brooks

Trinket Box

Trinket Box

Sylvia Gabriel
Passamaquoddy
Loaned by Deborah Brooks

Sweetgrass Basket

Sweetgrass Basket

Carol Dana
Penobscot
Loaned by Carol Dana

Sweet Grass Flat

Sweet Grass Flat

Lawrence “Billy” Shay
Penobscot
Loaned by Lawrence Shay

Curly Bowl

Curly Bowl

with standard diamond curls
Madeline Tomer Shay
Penobscot
Loaned by Theresa Secord Hoffman

 

Miniature Scale Basket

Miniature Scale Basket

Peter Neptune
Passamaquoddy
Loaned by Peter Neptune

Miniature Pack Basket

Miniature Pack Basket

Richard Silliboy
Micmac
Loaned by Micmac Images

 

Cradle

Cradle

with blueberry dyed splints
Theresa Secord Hoffman
Penobscot
Loaned by Theresa Secord Hoffman

 

Picnic Basket

Picnic Basket

Jim Tomah
Maliseet
Loaned by Rosella J. Silliboy

 

Potato Basket

Potato Basket

Jim Tomah
Maliseet
Loaned by Rosella J. Silliboy

 

Potato Basket

Potato Basket

Aubrey Tomah
Maliseet
Loaned by Rosella J. Siliboy

 

Sewing Basket

Sewing Basket

Christine Nicholas
Penobscot
c. 1986
Loaned by Jean Camuso and Eric Brown

 

Drum Basket

Drum Basket

Angela Barnes
Passamaquoddy
Loaned by Angela Barnes

 

Laundry Basket

Laundry Basket

Mary and Donald Sanipass
Micmas
Loaned by Micmac Images

 

Corn Baskets

Corn Baskets

Theresa Neptune Gardner
Passamaquoddy
Loaned by the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance