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    Clara Neptune Keezer's home was strewn with baskets, pictures of baskets, and basket-making materials. This multi-colored basket, which had gone on a museum tour in 1989 with a number of other native baskets, was sitting in her living room when this photo was taken in 2002.

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    Clara Neptune Keezer rolls a strip of ash after demonstrating how she spits the wood using traditional tools. Keezer, who was 72 when this photo was taken in 2002, had just won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for her Native American basketry. She was honored on the opening night of the National Folk Festival in Bangor that year.

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    Clara Neptune Keezer often braided sweet grass and ash for her baskets. She would often work on anywhere from two to six baskets at a time.

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    Clara Keezer Neptune works on a basket in her home at the Pleasant Point reservation in Perry in 2003. Keezer died Tuesday in Calais, a day before her 86th birthday. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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