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Molly Neptune Parker is a Passamaquoddy elder and basket maker who has devoted her life to practicing and teaching ash basket making and passing on the Passamaquoddy language. A recipient of a National Heritage Award, she was recently honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and continues teaching new generations, including her grandchildren, basketmaking.

Molly was interviewed in the Story Bank Maine mobile recording booth in 2010 at the Maine Folk Festival. Photos by Peter Dembski.

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Basket makers George Neptune with his grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker (photo by Peter Dembski).

George Neptune is a master basket maker. That’s quite an accomplishment for a 21-year-old – the title of master is usually bestowed on older practitioners. For generations, the Neptunes have kept alive the traditional art of basket making. George is the latest generation. He learned from his grandmother, Molly Neptune Parker.

George Neptune was recorded at the 2010 American Folk Festival.

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