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Passamaquoddy basket, Clara and Rocky Keezer

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Passamaquoddy basket, Clara and Rocky Keezer / Maine Historical Society

Made from split ash and sweet grass, this basket was woven between 1993 and 1996 near Perry.

Hours of work go into preparing the the ash and sweet grass before weaving begins.

Basketmaking is a traditional craft that can involve all members of a family taking on tasks from pounding ash, to collecting sweet grass in swampy areas, to designing and weaving the baskets, to marketing them.