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Native American baskets. Home & Away features the largest selection of Wabanaki baskets from Maine: Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet. Wabanaki baskets have received recognition and exposure at national Native American markets including Indian Market in Santa Fe and the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix. Award-winning weavers include Jeremy Frey, Ganessa Frey, Theresa Secord, and Sarah Sockbeson.

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    Butch Jacobs natural ash and blue basket
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    Butch Jacobs Natural Ash and Blue Basket

    Butch Jacobs Natural Ash and Blue Basket

    A lovely open basket by Passamaquoddy artist Gerald (Butch) Jacobs. Jacobs carries on the family tradition of basket making; his grandmother, Angela Barnes was a member of the renowned Neptune family.

    A ribbon weave is complemented by a pretty blue ash splints.

    8 1/2 inches wide x 7 inches deep x 9 1/2 inches high

    $125.00
  • Sarah Sockbeson ash-cedar basket
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    Sarah Sockbeson Ash-Cedar Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Ash-Cedar Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.

    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This basket is woven from brown ash as well as cedar, as well as sweetgrass around the rim and other places, and an antler finial. The natural colors of the wood are quite appealing.

    4 3/4 in. diameter x 4 in. high, including finial

    $550.00
  • Eliasica Timmerman Cedar Bark Basket
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    Eliasica Timmerman Cedar Bark Basket

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    Eliasica Timmerman Cedar Bark Basket

    Eliasica Timmerman is a Haida basket maker of the first order. This finely woven red and yellow cedar bark basket also includes extremely fine figures of maidenhair fern stalk.

    This basket dates to the early 2000s.

    9 inch height x 5 1/2 inch diameter

    Watch a video of the artist here.

    $2,500.00
  • Gina Brooks etched birch bark hat
    Gina Brooks Birch Bark Hat

    Gina Brooks Etched Birch Bark Hat

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    Gina Brooks etched birch bark hat. Gina Brooks is a Maliseet artist from New Brunswick, one of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Maliseet tribe is a part of the Wabanaki confederacy, spanning across Maine and the Maritime Provinces.

    This hat is formed from birch bark and is etched with traditional Wabanaki floral designs, typical of eastern Woodlands Indians work.

    23 1/2 in. inside circumference; 6 in. high.

    $1,050.00
  • Ramona Lossie River Cane basket with strap
    Ramona Lossie basket with strap

    Ramona Lossie River Cane Basket with Strap

    Ramona Lossie River Cane Basket with strap

    Ramona Lossie, from Cherokee, North Carolina, creates traditional baskets from river cane, dyed with natural materials such as black walnut, buckeye, and madder. She is recognized for her mastery of this art, and has won many awards for her work. In addition to creating baskets, she is a strong advocate for maintaining Cherokee customs, including the language.

    This single-woven basket has a rawhide strap and a strong oak frame.

    4 in. wide x 3 in. high x 2 1/2 in. deep

    $500.00
  • Ramona Lossie large round river cane basket
    Ramona Lossie Basket

    Ramona Lossie Large Round River Cane Basket

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    Ramona Lossie Large Round River Cane Basket

    Ramona Lossie, from Cherokee, North Carolina, creates traditional baskets from river cane, dyed with natural materials such as walnut, buckeye, and madder. She is recognized for her mastery of this art, and has won many awards for her work. In addition to creating baskets, she is a strong advocate for maintaining Cherokee customs, including the language.

    This basket won the award for Best of Baskets at the 2017 Cherokee Holiday Fair. It is double woven, with patterns on the inside as well as outside of the basket. It has a great presence and would make a wonderful addition to any Native American Art collection.

    9 1/2 in. diameter x 8 1/4 in. tall

    $2,400.00
  • Butch Jacobs open basket
    Butch Jacobs basket

    Butch Jacobs Open Basket

    Butch Jacobs Open Basket

    A lovely open basket by Passamaquoddy artist Gerald (Butch) Jacobs. Jacobs carries on the family tradition of basket making; his grandmother, Angela Barnes was a member of the renowned Neptune weaving family.

    Curls and a ribbon weave are complemented by a maroonish spiral.

    7 3/4 in. diameter x 4 1/2 in. high

    $95.00
  • Alannah Barnes Ash Basket
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    Alannah Barnes Ash Basket

    Alannah Barnes Ash Basket

    Alannah Barnes is a granddaughter of Molly Neptune Parker, a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. Molly was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Young Alannah is in her teen years, and is the first great-grandchild of Molly’s to take up weaving.

    4 1/2in. diameter x 9 1/2 in. high, including finial.

    $135.00
  • Butch Jacobs flared basket
    Butch Jacobs flared basket

    Butch Jacobs Flared Basket

    Butch Jacobs Flared Basket

    A lovely basket with flare (at the top) by Passamaquoddy artist Gerald (Butch) Jacobs. Jacobs carries on the family tradition of basket making; his grandmother, Angela Barnes was a member of the renowned Neptune weaving family.

    Curls and a ribbon weave are complemented by a maroonish spiral.

    3 3/4 in. high x 4 in. diameter

    $75.00
  • Anishinaabe quilled birch bark basket

    Anishinaabe Quilled Birch Bark Basket

    Anishinaabe Quilled Birch Bark Basket

    This birch bark basket with a floral design dates from the 1970’s. It is attributed to Susie Shagonaby, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) quill worker from Michigan. A photocopy of a typed letter about Ms. Shagonaby accompanies the basket.

    The basket is in good condition with two small areas of quill loss on the edges of the basket (one visible in a photo). The flower on the cover is surrounded by raindrops, perhaps. There are two vertical lines where the birch bark shows through, though this appears to be intentional.

    This is a wonderful example of Ojibwe quill work.

    6 in. diameter x 2 1/4 in. high

    $595.00
  • Butch Jacobs blue spiral flat basket

    Butch Jacobs Blue Spiral Flat Basket

    Butch Jacobs Blue Spiral Flat Basket

    A lovely flat basket by Passamaquoddy artist Gerald (Butch) Jacobs. Jacobs carries on the family tradition of basket making; his grandmother, Angela Barnes was a member of the renowned Neptune weaving family.

    In this small, flat basket Butch has incorporated curls on the bottom along with a spiral of attractive blue ribbon and a thick sweetgrass rim on the top.

    3 1/2 in. diameter x 1 1/4 in. high

    $130.00
  • Miniature woven ash purse

    Miniature Woven Ash Purse

    Miniature Woven Ash Purse

    A charming miniature purse made by a Wabanaki basket maker from northern Maine by the last name of Neptune: it may be Claire Neptune. The purse is dyed a warm earthy sienna color and comes with a braided leather strap and a wooden clasp adorned with a fern-like design.

    3 1/2 in. high; 5 in. wide; 3 1/2 in. deep.

    While this basket purse can be used, we would not recommend it for everyday use.

    $125.00
  • Miniature ash pack basket

    Miniature Ash Pack Basket

    Miniature Ash Pack Basket

    A charming miniature basket made by a Wabanaki basket maker from northern Maine. Reminiscent of the large pack baskets made by the Maine tribes for many years. Nice use of dark ash (heart wood) contrasting with light ash (sap wood) in the basket’s design

    4 3/4 in. high, including handle; 3 3/4 in. at its widest; 2 3/4 in. deep.

    $110.00
  • Richard Silliboy pack basket

    Richard Silliboy Pack Basket

    Richard Silliboy Pack Basket

    Richard Silliboy made baskets with his family in his youth. Leaving basket-making behind in his teens, he came back many years later to start afresh. This pack basket is woven from brown ash with nylon straps and copper rivets. It is heavy duty, built for rugged use.

    The basket includes heart wood (dark) and sap wood (light) in a very pleasing pattern across all sides. Nylon straps are adjustable

    The basket is similar to pack baskets that were made for commercial outlets and catalogs through the 1950s and even 1960s until cloth and nylon frame baskets came into vogue.

    21 1/2 in. high x 17 in. wide x 12 in. deep (at its deepest point)

    $550.00
  • Frances Soctomah colored flower basket

    Frances Soctomah Colored Flower Basket

    Frances Soctomah Colored Flower Basket

    Frances Soctomah started making baskets at age 8, under the tutelage of her grandmother Molly Neptune Parker. She is continuing in her family’s tradition of adding flowers to her basket covers.

    Cover is 7 1/4 in. diameter; 6 in. high, including finial

    $550.00
  • Aron Griffith Birch Bark Bear Doll

    Aron Griffith Birch Bark Bear Doll

    Aron Griffith Birch Bark Bear Doll

    Aron Griffith, Maliseet artist, creates dolls from birch bark with various designs. While they are often called dolls, Aron further describes them as tributes to Mother Earth and the gifts she offers us. The birch tree has long provided Northeast Woodland Indians with material for containers as well as canoes. Inside the doll is a small ear of corn, representing the sustenance provided by Mother Earth.

    This doll, made from light summer bark, is adorned with the image of a bear and bear claws. The bear, one of the strongest land animals in North America, is known for its intelligence and speed as well. On the doll’s back is a small pouch holding coastal sweetgrass and strips of birch bark.

    7 1/2 in. high x 7 1/2 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. deep

    $275.00
  • Aron Griffith Fiddlehead Fern Doll

    Aron Griffith Fiddlehead Fern Doll

     

    Aron Griffith Fiddlehead Fern Doll

    Aron Griffith, Maliseet artist, creates dolls from birch bark with various designs. While they are often called dolls, Aron further describes them as tributes to Mother Earth and the gifts she offers us. The birch tree has long provided Northeast Woodland Indians with material for containers as well as canoes. Inside the doll is a small ear of corn, representing the sustenance provided by Mother Earth.

    The design on this doll is of fiddlehead ferns, an important food for Wabanaki and other Woodlands Indians as the earth made the transition from winter to spring. On the doll’s back is a small pouch holding coastal sweetgrass and strips of birch bark.

    8 in. high x 7 1/2 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. deep

    $275.00
  • Sarah Sockbeson Teal Point-Curl Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Teal Point-Curl Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.

    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This basket is woven from brown ash with natural as well as a beautifully executed teal color, sweetgrass around the rim and the finial, and an antler finial.

    3 3/4 in. diameter x 4 in. high, including finial

    $675.00
  • Ganessa Frey miniature pumpkin basket

    Ganessa Frey Miniature Pumpkin Basket

    Ganessa Frey Miniature pumpkin basket

    A delightful miniature pumpkin basket by Penobscot weaver Ganessa Frey.

    This basket is tightly woven from brown ash with sweetgrass around the rim. It is a miniature basket with great presence.

    Basket is 2″ diameter at its widest; 2″ high; 3″ high including stem.

    $500.00
  • Barbara Francis point basket

    Barbara Francis Point Basket

    Barbara Francis Point Basket

    This round basket with points incorporates dark heart wood from the ash tree, combined with lighter wood from the outer layers, to create an interesting color contrast not often seen in Wabanaki fancy baskets.

    Barbara Francis is an award winning Penobscot weaver, with ribbons from the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.

    8 1/2 in. diameter x 6 in. high including finial

    There are two ash flower bookmarks inside the basket. Basket is signed on bottom.

    $495.00
  • Jane Zumbrunnen miniature shopping basket

    Jane Zumbrunnen Miniature Shopping Basket

    Jane Zumbrunnen Miniature Shopping Basket

    Micmac basket maker Jane Zumbrunnen wove a miniature shopping basket from brown ash and sweetgrass.

    While unsigned, this basket came from a well documented prominent basket collection in the Bangor, Maine area.

    3 1/2 in. long x 3 1/2 in. high (including handles) x 1 1/2 in. deep

    Note: the basket collector attached nylon thread loops to her baskets for display purposes. This can be removed by the purchaser.

    $95.00
  • Sierra Henries Birch Bark Cutting

    Sierra Henries Birch Bark Cutting

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    Sierra Henries Birch Bark Cutting

    Sierra Henries is a young Nipmuck artist living in Maine. Her chosen field of art is designing on birch bark. This extraordinary piece has been painstakingly cut from a sheet of bark, then darkened and adorned with a wood burning tool. The exquisite geometric design required precision and patience over countless hours to achieve, and makes for a beautiful showpiece.

    The design is pressed between two pieces of framed glass. It is also shown with a cream colored background, which is achieved by placing a board behind the frame, and could be made permanent by the buyer. The back of the birch is shown, with the artists’ initials and year of creation.

    Frame is 10 3/4 in. high x 8 3/4 in. wide.

    Note: the Nipmuck, or Nipmuc tribe, is recognized by the state of Massachusetts.

    $1,200.00
  • Sarah Sockbeson black-brown point basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Black-Brown Point Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Black-Brown Point Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.

    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This basket is woven from brown ash with natural as well as black and brown splints, sweetgrass around the rim and the finial, and an antler finial.

    2 3/4 in. diameter x 2 1/2 in. high, including finial

    $575.00
  • Clara Keezer Basket
    Clara Keezer Basket

    Clara Keezer Brown Ash and Braided Sweetgrass Basket

    Clara Keezer Brown Ash and Sweetgrass Basket

    The Wabanaki tribes of Maine, many of whom lived inland during winter and on the coast in the summer, began making fancy baskets in the late 1800’s. Fancy baskets are more delicate than the utilitarian baskets made for carrying or storing goods. The tribal members sold utilitarian baskets, fancy baskets, canoes, and other wares to vacationers in the coastal resorts.

    Clara Keezer, a Passamaquoddy Indian born in 1930, was one of the women who kept the art of fancy basket making alive into the present. With the demise of coastal travel by the Indians, and the loss of the market, demand for fancy baskets dropped. Women like Clara Keezer held onto their basket making traditions, made innovations in designs, and share(d) their skills with younger generations.

    This basket was woven by Clara Keezer in 1997 from natural colored ash and braided sweetgrass.

    6 in. diameter x 6 1/2 in. high, including ribbon finial.

    $550.00
  • Fred Tomah Large Eagle Basket
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    Fred Tomah Large Eagle Basket

    Fred Tomah Large Eagle Basket

    Fred Tomah is one of a handful of members of the Maliseet tribe 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.

    Tomah is known for weaving black and natural baskets with quatrefoil bottoms and stylized geometric designs. This large version of his eagle basket has the added touch of color; the turquoise eagle creates a stunning contrast with the black and natural ash colors.

    Approximately 13 in. high x 13 in. wide.

    $1,200.00
  • Molly Neptune Parker Strawberry Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Strawberry Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Strawberry Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker is a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. She was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Parker has been known for her strawberry baskets for many years. Along with flower baskets, it is one of her signature pieces.

    4 1/2in. diameter x 9 1/2 in. high, including sweetgrass; basket is 6″ tall without the sweetgrass.

    Please call 207 967-2122 for price and availability.

  • Molly Neptune Parker Sewing Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Sewing Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Sewing Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker is a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. She was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    This basket will hold treasured sewing implements in grand style. Sweetgrass and colors adorn the vertical sides; flowers of several colors are added to the cover. A pincushion and a tray are attached inside. Flowers on the cover are Ms. Parker’s signature style, handed down from her mother and used by her grandchild, Geo Neptune.

    10 in. diameter x 9 1/2 in. high, including flowers

    This is a special order item. The price of the last one we sold in 2017 was $1,595; we will get a current quote from the artist should you be interested in ordering one. Please call 207 967-2122 to inquire.

  • Aron Griffith tree basket
    Aron Griffith tree basket

    Aron Griffith tree basket

    Aron Griffith tree basket: Griffith is one of only a few Maine Maliseet artists creating baskets. This is a stunning basket, made from birch bark harvested in the summer, adorned with a sensuous tree on each side. This basket will make a wonderful centerpiece, or a terrific addition to any Native American art collection.

    Basket is approximately 12″ in diameter and 12″ high; 16″ high including handle.

     

    Materials: birch bark, brown ash, sinew,

    $1,200.00
  • Sylvia Gabriel Round Basket

     

    Sylvia Gabriel Round Basket

    Daughter of Mary Mitchell Gabriel and sister of Deborah Gabriel Brooks, Sylvia Gabriel was an important link in the long tradition of Maine Passamaquoddy basketmakers. This tradition is thriving today, but only because of the persistence of the Gabriel family and others in northern Maine Wabanaki communities.

    This basket is woven from brown ash and sweetgrass, with intricate sweetgrass designs of diamonds and rows.

    6″ diameter x 5″ high

    $600.00
  • Clara Keezer Handkerchief Basket

    Clara Keezer Handkerchief Basket

    The Wabanaki tribes of Maine, many of whom lived inland during winter and on the coast in the summer, began making fancy baskets in the late 1800’s. Fancy baskets are more delicate than the utilitarian baskets made for carrying goods. The tribal members sold their wares to vacationers in the coastal resorts. This design dates to the Victorian era, when ladies brought their handkerchiefs in their trunks to their summer residences or hotels.

    Clara Keezer, a Passamaquoddy Indian born in 1930, is one of the women who kept the art of fancy basket making alive into the present. With the demise of coastal travel by the Indians, and the loss of the market, demand for fancy baskets dropped. Women like Clara Keezer held onto their basket making traditions, made innovations in designs, and share(d) their skills with younger generations.

    This basket was woven by Clara Keezer in 2003 from natural colored ash and braided sweetgrass,

    7″ x 7″ x 2″

    $650.00
  • Theresa Neptune Gardner: Braided Sweetgrass and Ash Basket

    Theresa Neptune Gardner: Braided Sweetgrass and Ash Basket

    Theresa Neptune Gardner, late sister of Clara Keezer, was a master basket maker whose work is highly cherished. She was one of the keepers of the art during a time when it was almost lost.

    This basket, with only the natural colors of ash splints and braided sweetgrass, is a wonderful example of a beauty in form. The elegance of the vase form and the simple look belie a work that is time-consuming to create.

    Basket is signed and dated 12/10/03. A signed card is included as well.

    4 1/4″ diameter x 5 3/4″ high

    $650.00
  • Molly Neptune Parker: Round Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker is a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. She was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    This colorful round basket, from an extensive Wabanaki basket collection, is woven from brown ash, flat sweetgrass, and woven sweetgrass. It has an ash ribbon, which has been distorted from its center; this is most evident in the primary image.

    Basket is 6 1/2″ diameter, 4″ high

    $400.00
  • Gina Brooks etched birch bark basket
    Gina Brooks etched birch bark basket

    Gina Brooks Etched Birch Bark Basket

     

    Gina Brooks etched birch bark basket. Gina Brooks is a Maliseet artist from New Brunswick, one of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Maliseet tribe is a part of the Wabanaki confederacy, spanning across Maine and the Maritime Provinces.

    This basket is formed from birch bark and is etched with traditional Wabanaki double curve designs. The double curve is said to represent balance.

    Size: 4″ diameter x 6″ high

    $225.00
  • Gina Brooks Painted Birch Bark Basket

    Gina Brooks: painted birch bark basket. Gina Brooks is a Maliseet artist from New Brunswick, one of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Maliseet tribe is a part of the Wabanaki confederacy, spanning across Maine and the Maritime Provinces.

    This basket is formed from birch bark and is painted in a style reminiscent of the floral beadwork of many Woodlands Indian tribes. This is a wonderful combination of traditional style with new media.

    Size: 7 1/2″ diameter x 7″ high

    $395.00
  • Gabriel Frey Purse

    Gabriel Frey Purse

    Gabriel Frey Purse

    Passamaquoddy basket maker Gabriel Frey is son of Gal Frey and brother of Jeremy Frey. Gabriel’s baskets are of the utilitarian type. He makes the ash baskets in the old way, with no nails or glue.

    This basket is made in the style of pack baskets, with a bulge that was designed to fit against the hull of a canoe. The leather cover peels back to expose the entire contents of the basket.

    Leather shoulder strap is easily removable with brass releases.

    A strip of leather runs up the front of the purse, showing through a lattice of ash. This purse is beautiful as well as rugged and is meant to be used; it need not sit on a shelf, though that can be done as well.

    Basket is 8 1/2 in. high x 6 1/2 in wide x 4 in. at its deepest

  • Three sisters birch bark basket

    Beautifully designed and executed, this birch bark basket is by Barry Dana, ex-chief of the Penobscot tribe and a respected guide, teacher, and lecturer.

    This open container is etched with the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. These three vegetables were traditionally a cornerstone of the diet of the eastern Native American tribes.

    6 1/4″ x 5″ x 6″ high

    $275.00
  • Covered, etched birch bark basket

    Beautifully designed and executed, this birch bark basket is by Barry Dana, ex-chief of the Penobscot tribe and a respected guide, teacher, and lecturer.

    This compact basket is adorned with etched floral designs on the sides and with traditional Wabanaki double curve designs woven on the cover with porcupine quills The surprise on this basket is the positive/negative aspect: on one side, the designs of the etchings are dark on a light background, while on the other side they are light on a dark background.

    4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 3 high

    $320.00
  • Covered, etched birch bark basket

    Beautifully designed and executed, this birch bark basket is by Barry Dana, ex-chief of the Penobscot tribe and a respected guide, teacher, and lecturer.

    A dragonfly adorns one side of the container, while blueberries adorn the other side. Porcupine quills are woven into the cover, while sweetgrass is found atop the rim. The darker winter bark has been removed to create these traditional designs.

    4 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 4″ high

    $320.00
  • Eggplant basket

    Amanda Ennis began making baskets in mid 2013. She is apprenticing with Sarah Sockbasin, whose influence is evident in Amanda’s work. We look forward to seeing this young woman develop and grow as an artist.

    This basket has beautiful red and purple stripes as well as leaves to indicate its “eggplantness”. It is designed to lie flat, but will stand straight if placed on a small round donut shaped base; we can supply this if you wish.

    4″ high, including leaves; 1″ diameter

    $250.00
  • Striped basket

    Amanda Ennis began making baskets in mid 2013. She is apprenticing with Sarah Sockbasin, whose influence is evident in Amanda’s work. We look forward to seeing this young woman develop and grow as an artist.

    This basket is reminiscent in shape of the traditional Wabanaki pack basket. Creating this shape in miniature, including a rounded bottom and a rectangular top, was a challenging effort for this new basket maker, but the result was worth it.

    There are removable loose strands of sweetgrass in the basket.

    4 1/4″ wide at the top, tapering to 2 1/2″ at the bottom; 5 1/4″ high

    $350.00
  • Tall basket with braided sweetgrass

    A very stately basket by the late Sylvia Gabriel. Sylvia, her mother Mary, and her sister Deborah Brooks are wonderful examples of multi-generational basket making in the Wabanaki communities.

    The braided sweetgrass on the top part of the basket and on the cover are time consuming to braid and weave, yet they add a beautiful decorative touch.

    Basket is 8 1/4″ high, to the top of the culrs on the cover; 7″ diameter at its widest, tapering to 4 1/2″ at the bottom.

    $1,400.00
  • Checkerboard basket

    Daughter of Mary Mitchell Gabriel and sister of Deborah Gabriel Brooks, Sylvia Gabriel was an important link in the long tradition of Maine Passamaquoddy basketmakers.

    This checkerboard basket is woven from brown ash and braided sweetgrass.

    Basket is 4 1/2″ high, not including finial; 5″ diameter.

    $650.00
  • Molly Neptune Parker Corn Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Corn Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker is a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. She was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    This basket, from an extensive Wabanaki basket collection, is a bright yellow corn of ear. It is in excellent condition.

    Basket is 15 1/2″ long, including leaves; ear is 6 1/2″; 2 1/4″ diameter

    $650.00
  • Handled ash basket with sweetgrass

    A nice handled basket woven from brown ash, with a band of sweetgrass across the top. The darker heart ash contrasts very nicely with the lighter ash splints. The curls and the beautifully contrasting pink band and sweetgrass add much interest to the basket.

    6 1/2″ l x 5 1/2″ w x 2 3/4″ h; 5″ h, including handle

    $70.00
  • Mini basket

    A charming small round basket with one band of dark blue and a band of sweetgrass around the rim.

    2″ diameter; 3/4″ high

    $60.00
  • Fred Tomah Wabanaki basket

    Fred Tomah Wabanaki Basket

    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

    $200.00
  • Birch bark tray

    This folded birch bark platter makes a tremendous presence in any room. Variations in the bark have a wonderful visual impact. Spruce root lashings. <br><br>By Barry Dana, an ex-chief of the Penobscot tribe and a respected guide, teacher, and lecturer.

    23 1/4″ x 23 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ deep; 7 1/2″ deep including handles.

    Read more about the uses of birch bark by Native Americans.

    Contact us for shipping charges.

    $450.00
  • Birch bark doll w/bear design

    Aron Griffith is one of only a few Maliseet artists creating birch bark objects of beauty. This doll is adorned with bear images created by removing some outer bark to reveal lighter bark below.

    Doll is 7″ high, excluding sweetgrass bundle; 8″ wide; 1 1/2″ d

    $200.00
  • Gal Frey Chair basket set

    Gal Frey Chair Basket Set

    Frances (Gal) Frey, mother of basket makers Jeremy Frey and Gabriel Frey, is also an accomplished Passamaquoddy basket maker in her own right.

    This is an absolutely charming set woven from brown ash, which comes from a tree that is sacred to the Wabanaki, as well as aromatic coastal sweetgrass. It includes a working rocking chair, a love seat, and a high back wiker-style chair

    Gal (Frances) Frey has won awards for her work at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market as well as the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA)

    Rocker: 3 3/4″ h x 3 1/2″ w x 2 1/2″ d
    Love Seat: 3 1/2″ h x 5 1/2″ w x 1 7/8″ d
    High Back Chair: 4″ h x 3 3/4″ w x 2 1/2″ d

    $1,000.00
  • Birch bark basket with quillwork

    Beautifully designed and executed, this birch bark basket is by Barry Dana, an ex-chief of the Penobscot tribe and a respected guide, teacher, and lecturer.

    This basket has some wonderful texture in a few spots. Porcupine quills woven on the cover; sweetgrass braid around the edge. Stitched with spruce root.

    Read more about the uses of birch bark by Native Americans.

    6 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ h, including cover.

    $180.00
  • Brown ash and sweetgrass basket

    Stuart Tomah, Passamaquoddy basket maker, has created a beautiful basket from brown ash with sweetgrass adornment. Note the narrow gauge of the splints.

    7 3/4″ w x 7″ h, including cover and finial.

    $550.00
  • Sweetgrass and brown ash basket

    Theresa Neptune Gardner, late sister of Clara Keezer, was a master basket maker whose work is highly cherished. She was one of the keepers of the art during a time when it was almost lost.

    This fine, natural colored basket is in excellent condition, and is signed and dated on the bottom.

    5 3/4″ diameter x 3 1/2″ h; 4 1/2″ high with cover

    $550.00
  • Natural Sweetgrass and Ash Handkerchief Basket

    Many Wabenaki fancy baskets were designed around the turn of the 20th century to be sold in Maine’s coastal resort communities. You can imagine the ladies buying a basket such as this one in which to store their handkerchiefs. With any luck, the handkerchief would pick up some of the sweet aroma from the grass!

    This handkerchief basket retains the natural color of the ash wood as well as the sweetgrass. No dyes were used

    7″ square x 2 3/4″ high

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    Ganessa Frey Indian corn basket
    Ganessa Frey Indian Corn basket

    Ganessa Frey Indian Corn Basket

    Ganessa Frey Indian Corn Basket

    Penobscot weaver Ganessa Frey creates corn baskets in a variety of designs. This rendition of Indian corn uses a stunning combination of colors, including black (technically not a color), blue, and purple. A touch of sweetgrass around the rim provides a lighter contrast to the dark colors.

    While corn baskets are usually woven with curls, Ganessa’s use of points instead of curls is a wonderful innovation.The tightly woven basket has a great presence; it needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.

    14 in. long; corn body is 2 in. diameter.

    Note there is one tiny knothole visible on a black leaf; this is a natural occurrence in the wood used for weaving the basket.

    $800.00
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    Pam Cunningham wool basket
    Pam Cunningham wool basket Online
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    Claire Neptune dark red fancy curl basket

    Claire Neptune Dark Red Fancy Curl Basket

    Claire Neptune Dark Red Fancy Curl Basket

    Maliseet weaver Claire Neptune created a basket with dark red fancy curls: these are not simple curls, but complex ones wit multiple layers. Nicely woven with braided sweetgrass.

    6 1/2 in., including finial x 4 1/4 in. diameter

    $250.00
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    Dolly Barnes maroon basket vase

    Dolly Barnes Maroon Basket Vase

    Dolly Barnes Maroon Basket Vase

    Dolly Barnes is an apprentice of her mother, renowned basket maker Molly Neptune Parker. This basket is dyed a beautiful maroon color. It includes braided sweetgrass and a chain weave of natural colored ash. Weaving baskets around vases has been a long-standing tradition among Wabanaki basket makers. It allows the basket to be filled with flowers, though dried flowers are preferred, so spilling water does not stain the ash.

    11 in. high; 6 1/2 in. diameter at its widest; mouth of jar is 5 in. in diameter

    $450.00
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    Sue Thompson Miniature Pine Cone Basket

    Sue Thompson Miniature Pine Cone Basket

     

    Sue Thompson Miniature Pine Cone Basket

    Sue Thompson, apprentice basket maker, creates a miniature orange pine cone basket, complete with scales. Rich brown color.

    Sue  is one of the talented Pam Cunningham’s sisters.

    3 1/2. high, including the finial; 2. diameter at its widest point.

    Note the purple ribbon holds the information card and is not a part of the basket proper.

    $190.00
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    Frances Soctomah flower basket

    Frances Soctomah Flower Basket

    Frances Soctomah Flower Basket

    Frances Soctomah started making baskets at age 8, under the tutelage of her grandmother Molly Neptune Parker. She is continuing in her family’s tradition of adding flowers to her basket covers.

    Cover is 7 1/2 in. diameter; 7 in. high, including finial

    $450.00
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    Sarah Sockbeson corn basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Corn Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Corn Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.

    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This basket is woven from brown ash with natural as well as a variety of beautiful colors representing the hues of Indian corn, sweetgrass around the rim, real corn leaves in warm fall colors.

    Woven basket is 3 1/2 in. long; 9 1/4 in. long including leaves. Basket is 1 in. diameter; leaves are approximately 5 in. wide.

    $395.00
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    Fred Tomah eagle basket

    Fred Tomah Eagle Basket

     

    Fred Tomah Eagle 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.

    This basket has a stylized representation of an eagle flying on two sides.

    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

    $200.00
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    Molly Neptune Parker Braided Sweetgrass Flower Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Braided Sweetgrass Flower Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker Braided Sweetgrass Flower Basket

    Molly Neptune Parker is a well respected, long-time Passamaquoddy basket maker. She was named a National Heritage Fellow in October, 2012 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    This basket has several design elements combined into one great package: points, braided sweetgrass, and Molly Neptune Parker’s signature flowers.

    6 1/2 in. diameter x 61/2 in. high, including flowers

    $685.00
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    Ganessa Frey black and natural corn basket

    Ganessa Frey Black and Natural Corn Basket

    Ganessa Frey Black and Natural Corn Basket

    Penobscot weaver Ganessa Frey creates corn baskets in a variety of designs. This one is black and white with porcupine points. A unique feature that creates a stunning look is alternating black and natural ash leaves.

    The tightly woven basket has a great presence.

    16 in. long; corn body is 2 in. diameter; leaves are 3 in. across.

    $800.00
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    Ganessa Frey Large Pineapple Basket

    Ganessa Frey Large Pineapple Basket

    Ganessa Frey Large Pineapple Basket

    In a departure from her miniature baskets, Penobscot weaver Ganessa Frey has created a large pineapple. The basket is beautifully colored and appointed with a fine set of leaves. The basket looks as much like a real pineapple as a woven basket can.

    This is a tightly woven basket with great presence.

    9 1/2 in. high x 4 in. diameter

    $650.00
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    Barbara Francis curlycue basket

    Barbara Francis Curlycue Basket

    Barbara Francis Curlycue Basket

    This round basket with curls incorporates dark heart wood from the ash tree, combined with lighter wood from the outer layers, to create a unique color effect. The two shades swirl around the exterior, meeting at a diagonal.

    Barbara Francis is an award winning Penobscot weaver, with ribbons from the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.

    7 in. diameter x 6 1/4 in. high including finial

    $495.00
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    Allen Hold Passamaquoddy basket

    Allen Hold Passamaquoddy Basket

    Allen Hold Passamaquoddy Basket

    Allen Hold is a young Passamaquoddy in an apprentice program with his cousin, George Neptune. George, of course, is an award-winning basket maker who has been making baskets almost his entire life. This is the first basket Allen has completed since starting the apprenticeship.

    Blue and grey tones contrast beautifully with grey and natural ash.

    5 in. diameter x 5 in. high to top of ribbon finial

    $210.00
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    George Neptune Dazzling Corn Basket

    George Neptune Dazzling Corn Basket

    George Neptune Dazzling Corn Basket

    George Neptune is an award winning artist and educator. He uses his deep knowledge of Passamaquoddy culture and his life-long love of basket making to help keep traditions not only alive, but vibrant and moving forward.

    On one of the first corn baskets he made on a new mold, Neptune juxtaposed hot pink, lilac and lemon green with more subdued grey and deep green. It’s a dazzling basket!

    1 3/4 in. diameter x 11 3/4 in. high

    $750.00
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    Sarah Sockbeson turquoise point basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Turquoise Point Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Turquoise Point Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.

    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This basket is woven from brown ash with natural as well as turquoise and grey splints, sweetgrass around the rim and the finial, and an antler finial.

    3 in. diameter x 3 1/2 in. high, including finial

    $625.00
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    Sarah Sockbeson miniature basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Miniature Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson Miniature Basket

    Sarah Sockbeson, a young Penobscot basketmaker, has enjoyed great success with her richly colored, tightly woven baskets. In 2015, she won top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest achievements in the Native American art world.
    Also in 2015, her work was included in the Portland Art Museum’s Biennial Exhibition, alongside several other important Maine Indian basket makers.

    This is a miniature basket woven from brown ash with natural as well as green splints, sweetgrass around the rim, and an antler finial.

    21/4 in. diameter x 2 1/4 in. high, including finial

    $375.00
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    Barbara Francis round basket

    Barbara Francis Round Basket

    Barbara Francis Round Basket

    A round brown ash and sweetgrass basket woven by Penobscot basket maker Barbara Francis. The ash splints and sweetgrass have developed a gentle golden patina over time.

    6 in. diameter at the widest x 6 in. high including finial

    $225.00
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    Paula Thorne Vase Basket

    Paula Thorne Vase Basket

    Paula Thorne Vase Basket

    A tall brown ash and sweetgrass basket woven around a glass vase in 2002. Since that time, the ash splints and sweetgrass have developed a gentle golden patina.

    9 in. high x 4 1/2 in. wide, including amphora style handles

    $225.00
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    Caron Shay curlicue basket
    Caron Shay curlicue basket

    Caron Shay Curlicue Basket

    Caron Shay Curlicue Basket

    Penobscot basket maker Caron Shay wove this basket with curls in 2005. Since that time, the ash splints and sweetgrass have developed a gentle golden patina.

    4 1/2 in. diameter x 5 in. high, to top of finial

    $425.00