Human Flower Project

Topped with Flowers of Ash

The National Endowment for the Arts has named basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker among this year’s National Heritage Fellows, a program modeled on Japan’s longstanding recognition of “National Treasures.” We were especially drawn to Parker’s “flower” topped baskets, a design she learned from her mother and grandmother, traditional Passamquoddy basketmakers all. But like all great folkartsts Molly Neptune Parker has pushed forward the Native American tradition in which she was raised, the better to honor a legacy.

Moly parker basket Two of Molly Neptune Parker’s baskets, topped with “flowers” made of ash splints. Photo: National Endowment for the Arts

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