January 1, 2018
Many parents would love to be able to pass down an activity or continuing tradition to their children. many American boys are taught to fish by their grandfather. Maine harbors are full of some generations of lobster fisherman.
Jeremy Frey believes that he is an 8th generation basket maker. That travels back in time over 200 years. He is a Passamaquoddy native and doesn’t remember weaving baskets as a child, but his grandfathers house was full of baskets. His mother taught him how to weave and he has created a national name for himself, collected by foundations and museums. He’s won awards all over the country.
David Schultz features Jeremy Frey in his book Baskets of Time. He features nearly two dozen Maine Indian basket makers. The book is full of beautiful imagery of the baskets and of course, the basket makers. You can find it at the Maine Historical Society, as well as on the website.