Pauline Shay weaving a basket, Portland, 1923

Contributed by Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media


Penobscot Indian Nation Tribal member Pauline Shay was shown demonstrating ash basketmaking. The Portland Sunday Telegram featured the family for petitioning Governor Baxter to remove religious curriculum from the schools on Indian Island.

The article related that the Shays were skilled basketmakers who supported themselves and their educational goals through basketmaking in Portland, and that they had a contract with the Russell Stover Candy company.

The Shays lived at 45 Mayo Street in Portland until the younger daughter, Violet, graduated from Portland High School. They also had a home on Indian Island.

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  • Title: Pauline Shay weaving a basket, Portland, 1923
  • Creator: Portland Press Herald
  • Creation Date: 1923
  • Subject Date: 1923
  • Locations:
    • Old Town, Penobscot County, ME
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Glass plate
  • Dimensions: 8.3 cm x 10.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.6944
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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