WASHINGTON — A Maine Passamaquoddy basketmaker who was born in Indian Township has been recognized along with nine others by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Molly Neptune Parker and the others were honored Wednesday night as National Heritage fellows at the endowment’s awards banquet in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who presented the award to Parker, praised her and the others for working “to keep artistic traditions alive.”

The endowment established the National Heritage Fellowships to honor American folk artists and support their contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.

Parker is known for her intricate weaving techniques. She says the award recognizes the work of four generations of basketmakers including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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