Image by Hulleah Tsinhnahijinnie (Seminole/Muskogee/Dine)

Image by Hulleah Tsinhnahijinnie (Seminole/Muskogee/Dine)

Donald and mary sanipass

 

TRIBE: Aroostook Band of Micmacs

MEDIUM: Basketry

LOCATION: Presque Isle, Maine

 

2004 COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

 

"Basket making has always been part of being Micmac. By making a basket, it makes us feel like we are accomplishing something. With kids too, it is very important to them, it gives them a sense of self-worth. Mary always tells young basket makers, "make a basket that will tell a story". If the children love what they do, they will make their own baskets, tell their own stories." - Donald Sanipass

"The Sanipass's embody what is most traditional about Wabanaki basketry, a deep knowledge and respect for the northern woods of Maine and a love of sharing this knowledge with both their family and the entire Wabanaki community." - Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, nominator

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