Mary Gabriel, Passamaquoddy Sweetgrass and Brown Ash Round basket with Lid AC15

$150.00
Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908-2004) is the maker of this beautiful round lidded basket. The lid fits tightly and perfectly on the bottom, so much so that the inside continues to smell of sweetgrass.

DETAILS:
Artist: Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908 - 2004)
Size: 7 1/4" Diameter + 3" high
Materials: Brown Ash and Sweetgrass
Condition: Preowned and perfect

ABOUT THE ARTIST - FROM THE ABBE MUSEUM IN MAINE:

The Passamaquoddy communities of eastern Maine are the home of some of the finest Wabanaki basketmakers, and the tradition is often carried on by women in extended families. Six women of the Mitchell and Gabriel families from Indian Township have shared and passed along these traditions

Perhaps the best known basketmaker in the family was Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908-2004), who was first Maine Native American to receive the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1994. The Abbe Museum has more than 30 of Mary’s baskets in out permanent collection.

Mary Gabriel was born in 1908 on the Passamaquoddy Reservation in Indian Township, and learned to make baskets at age seven from her grandmother. The family tradition of basketmaking also was passed along to Mary Gabriel’s sisters Doris Chapman and the late Delia Mitchell (1916-2009).

Mrs. Gabriel taught her three daughters to make baskets. Sylvia Gabriel (1929-2003) and Clare Gabriel learned basketmaking from their mother when they were children. Deborah Brooks began learning basketmaking from her in 1994. While each has developed her own distinctive styles, Mary Gabriel’s daughters have excelled at the superb basketmaking artistry taught to them by their mother.

Not only have these talented women shared the tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking with sisters and daughters, five of the women served as masters in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, teaching many more new apprentice basketmakers the art form. Mary’s daughter Deborah worked with the Abbe Museum to make a film documenting the process of making an ash and sweetgrass sewing basket from beginning to end.

The legacy of this family of remarkable women will be felt for a long time to come in the Wabanaki basketmaking community.

AC15
Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908-2004) is the maker of this beautiful round lidded basket. The lid fits tightly and perfectly on the bottom, so much so that the inside continues to smell of sweetgrass.

DETAILS:
Artist: Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908 - 2004)
Size: 7 1/4" Diameter + 3" high
Materials: Brown Ash and Sweetgrass
Condition: Preowned and perfect

ABOUT THE ARTIST - FROM THE ABBE MUSEUM IN MAINE:

The Passamaquoddy communities of eastern Maine are the home of some of the finest Wabanaki basketmakers, and the tradition is often carried on by women in extended families. Six women of the Mitchell and Gabriel families from Indian Township have shared and passed along these traditions

Perhaps the best known basketmaker in the family was Mary Mitchell Gabriel (1908-2004), who was first Maine Native American to receive the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1994. The Abbe Museum has more than 30 of Mary’s baskets in out permanent collection.

Mary Gabriel was born in 1908 on the Passamaquoddy Reservation in Indian Township, and learned to make baskets at age seven from her grandmother. The family tradition of basketmaking also was passed along to Mary Gabriel’s sisters Doris Chapman and the late Delia Mitchell (1916-2009).

Mrs. Gabriel taught her three daughters to make baskets. Sylvia Gabriel (1929-2003) and Clare Gabriel learned basketmaking from their mother when they were children. Deborah Brooks began learning basketmaking from her in 1994. While each has developed her own distinctive styles, Mary Gabriel’s daughters have excelled at the superb basketmaking artistry taught to them by their mother.

Not only have these talented women shared the tradition of ash and sweetgrass basketmaking with sisters and daughters, five of the women served as masters in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, teaching many more new apprentice basketmakers the art form. Mary’s daughter Deborah worked with the Abbe Museum to make a film documenting the process of making an ash and sweetgrass sewing basket from beginning to end.

The legacy of this family of remarkable women will be felt for a long time to come in the Wabanaki basketmaking community.

AC15

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