Passamaquoddy Arts

- FEATURED COLLECTION -

We are pleased and proud to begin what will be a growing collection of Tribal Art created by Passamaquoddy Tribal artists.  We start by honoring the place of the Eagle in tribal life.  The eagle is the greatest sacred bird among most Native America tribes and is a symbol of courage, wisdom, and strength.

This great bird, here in full flight, was captured by local photographer Don Dunbar, whose nature photography we are proud to feature throughout our Online Shop.    

Kenny Keezer

Kenny Keezer, fifth son of renowned Passamaquoddy basketmaker Clara Neptune Keezer, learned the art of basketry by observing his mother. He uses wooden tools that have been handed down for generations in his family to weave the traditional ash and sweetgrass materials. Each of Kenny’s baskets comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Victoria Neptune

Victoria Neptune is a contemporary Passamaquoddy Tribal Artisan following a long line of nationally respected women basket makers.  Working in native brown ash and sweet grass, Victoria proudly brings her basketmaking into her community of Sipayik, along the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay, just west of Eastport. Working as an advocate for domestic abuse victims, Victoria uses her skills to teach tribal women ancient and artistic basketmaking skills.

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Donald Soctomah

Donald Soctomah is Passamaquoddy Tribal Historian, author, linguist, teacher, and honored leader.  We will be bringing you more of Donald’s work and contributions to his people and tribal arts and history.  

Woliwon, Donald. Thank you.

A traditional part of life within the Passamaquoddy Tribe is the use of birch bark canoes, made from birch found in nearby forests. The two children’s books we feature here both have canoes as a central part of their stories.

The Canoe Maker presents the heartening story of Passamaquoddy master canoe maker David Moses Bridges, as he teaches his son the sacred craft and symbols of the building a birch bark canoe.

Remember Me is the story of young Franklin Roosevelt and Passamaquoddy Chief Tomah Joseph when their lives were entwined on nearby Campobello Island. The story includes attention to the Owl, a spirit animal that represents the art of hearing and listening as a pathway to gaining wisdom. 

Peter Neptune

Peter Neptune is a highly respected Passamaquoddy Elder who is especially known for his Sweetgrass Braids.  

Sweetgrass braids are found in Passamaquoddy tribal homes and sacred places. They are also found and appreciated for their natural fragrance and symbolism in non-native homes. Sweetgrass and its fresh smell invokes positivity, strength, calm, and harmony of mind, body and spirit. Three braids together represent love, peace and harmony and are hung inside the home, or near an entry door.
 
(Enjoy the long lasting sweetgrass smell which can be refreshed by placing the braid in a humid area and gently twisting and turning it.)
 

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