By the early 1990's, the art of Wabanaki basketry was considered nearly extinct. Today it is recognized as a vibrant and evolving form of Native American art. What saved this important art from extinction? The imagination, hard work, and generosity of a core group of elders who had kept the tradition alive, along with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Association. "Baskets of Time" shares the stories of 17 artists and families. Each profile describes how the artist learned the art of basket weaving from individuals within their family and from other tribal members. Gretchen Faulkner, Director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, has written an essay in which she provides the historical background for the tradition of Maine Wabanaki basket making, and the important role the art form played in the past and still plays today in the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac tribes. Fully illustrated with color photographs of each artist and their work. Paperback. 145 pgs.