Passamaquoddy basket, Clara and Rocky Keezer
This basket is made from split ash and sweet grass and was woven between 1993 and 1996 near Perry, Maine. Basketmaking is involved and time-consuming. First, the men pound ash logs into layers. The weavers then split and scrape these layers creating different gauges of strips. Sweet grass is collected in swampy areas along the ocean shore during July and August. Hours of work go into preparing these materials before the actual weaving begins.