Passamaquoddy

Nick Woodward / Maine Public File

Molly Neptune Parker, a Passamaquoddy elder and master basketmaker, died Friday at the age of 81.

Dwayne Tomah sits at his kitchen table in Perry, Maine, and pulls up an audio file on his computer. When he hits play, the speakers emit a cracked, slightly garbled recording. Through the white noise, Tomah scratches out the words he hears, rewinding every few seconds.

Word by word, Tomah is attempting to transcribe and interpret dozens of recordings of Passamaquoddy tribal members, some of which are only recently being heard and publicly shared for the first time in more than a century.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field recordings, some of the oldest in the world, were largely hidden from public view.

Navajo children, June 19, 1929
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INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) _ The Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation's annual celebration of American Indian culture is getting under way in northeastern Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislative committee is recommending that the state not approve an American Indian tribal group's call for shared management of commercial fish species.

Representatives for the Passamaquoddy tribe say their bill would allow state regulators to enter into a "memorandum of agreement'' about marine resources with four tribes. The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources voted 8-2 against passage of the bill on Wednesday. Some members of the committee say a bill authorizing agreement between the tribes and state regulators isn't necessary.

A commission of state and tribal representatives has found that the state of Maine did not always follow prescribed processes in its dealings with the Passamaquoddy tribe and its use of marine resources.