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Native American Craft Tradition in a Contemporary World


Marcus Amerman
Rick Bartow
Harvey A. Begay
Doug Coffin
Richard Danay
Tony Jojola
Clara Neptune Keezer
James Little

Rosemary "Apple Blossom" Lonewolf
Truman Lowe
David Neel
Verma Nequatewa
The Ortiz Family
Norbert Peshlakai
Wendy Ponca
Al Q÷yawayma
Diego Romero
Preston Singletary
Richard Zane Smith
Roxanne Swentzell
C. S. Tarpley
Tim Tiger
Margaret Wood
Nathan Youngblood


Drum with Criss Cross Braid
Trinket Basket - Extra Fancy Basket

Brown ash and sweet grass

One of the master basket makers of her tribe, Clara Neptune Keezer (Passamaquoddy) is best known for fruit and vegetable baskets made of brilliantly dyed brown ash splits and sweetgrass.

Born on the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation in Maine, Keezer made her first baskets at age eight. Her parents, grandparents and great grandparents were talented craftspeople specializing in brown ash work baskets and fancy baskets. Keezer continues the family tradition by teaching her son Rocky Keezer.

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