Geo Neptune (they/them) is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Indian Township, Maine, and is a Master Basketmaker, a drag queen, an activist, an educator, and a two-spirit—an indigenous cultural, spiritual, and gender role that holds the sacred space between masculine and feminine energies.
Learning primarily under their grandmother Molly Neptune Parker, Geo has been weaving since they were four years old. At eleven years old, Geo began teaching with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, and became the youngest person to receive the title of Master Basketmaker at twenty years old. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2010, Geo returned home to Indian Township and began developing their individual artistic style of whimsical, elegant, traditionally influenced, and historically informed basketry.
As an Educator, Geo has worked not only within Wabanaki communities towards cultural preservation, but statewide within Maine schools to provide content for the state’s Indigenous History educational mandate. Geo’s activism has enabled them to travel the world to share about the contemporary issues faced by indigenous peoples, including to Capetown, South Africa and Barcelona, Spain for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to the United Kingdom with PeaceJam: Winchester, and to the North Island is New Zealand for a Maori-Wabanaki cultural exchange.
Geo’s work narrates the journey toward embracing the sacred role of the two-spirit: a keeper of tradition, a teacher, and a role model for Passamaquoddy and other Wabanaki youth. Geo hopes to inspire other two-spirits from across turtle island to accept their truth and embrace their sacred responsibility.