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Baskets of Time: Profiles of Maine Indian Basket Makers
In the early 1990s, the art of Wabanaki basketry was considered nearly extinct. Today it is a recognized as a vibrant and evolving form of Native American art.
What saved this important art form from extinction? The imagination, hard work, and generosity of a core group of elders who had kept the tradition alive, along with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Association. Baskets of Time shares the stories of seventeen artists and families. Each profile describes how the artist learned the art of basket weaving from individuals within their family and from other tribal members. In their own words, they describe how they transform such raw materials as sweetgrass and ash into beautiful baskets that have become award-winning works of art sold in galleries and exhibited in museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Gretchen Faulkner, Director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, has written an essay in which she provides the historical background for the tradition of Maine Wabanaki basket making–and the important role the art form played in the past and still plays today in the lives of in the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Micmac tribes.
Baskets of Time is beautifully produced book that is fully illustrated with color photography of each artist and their work. It will appeal to collectors of Native American basket making; to people who are just discovering basketry art; and to those who are interested in learning the story of how an ancient Native American art form has been not only saved from extinction but also imbued with the energy and creativity of a new generation of Wabanaki artists.
145 pages, softcover
- Zuni Fetishes$36.00
Robert Weahkee Otter
A charming otter, carved by Robert Weahkee, a member of Lena Boone’s extended family. The otter, made from antler, lies on its back, a position typical of these mammal’s pose in the ocean.
Inlaid turquoise eyes.
4 3/8 in. long x 7/8 in. high x 3/4 in. wide
Fred Tomah Medicine Basket
Fred Tomah is one of a handful of Maliseet currently weaving baskets. He began making utilitarian baskets with family members almost fifty years ago. Breaking away from traditional packs and other utilitarian baskets, he has developed a style of his own, incorporating traditional methods and designs, but adding his own aesthetic touches.
Thoma is known for weaving black and natural baskets with quatrefoil bottoms and stylized geometric designs. This Wabanaki medicine basket is a colored version with quatrefoil designs on the cover as well as bottom. It is a stunning design!
10 in. diameter x 7 in. high
Fred Tomah Wabanaki Basket
This series of quatrefoil baskets, formerly referred to as the Katahdin series, has been renamed the Wabanaki series. The strong contrast of black with natural colored ash makes this series of baskets very appealingThe baskets have four corners, representing the four tribes of the Wabanaki – People of the Dawn: Maliseet, Mik’mac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot.
Tomah has been making baskets in the traditional way for most of his life. His work has been recognized for its unique character among Maine basket makers.
Diameter ranges from 9 1/2 in. to 9 3/4 in.; 9 1/2 in. high, including handle
Earl Plummer Kingman turquoise bracelet
Earl Plummer is an award-winning Navajo silversmith. He won Best of Classification in Jewelry at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2013.
This sterling silver link bracelet is inlaid with natural Kingman turquoise, in stunning shades of blue!
At 7″ in length, it will comfortably fit a wide variety of wrist sizes. The bracelet is secured by a hand forged clasp as well as a chain. 1/4″ wide