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Passamaquoddy Peoples' Knowledge Portal

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The Native American Passamaquoddy Tribe hails from eastern Maine and parts of New Brunswick, making it "the easternmost tribe in the United States." The Passamaquoddy Peoples' Knowledge Portal is the tribe's digital archive that shares parts of their history and culture with the general public and also functions as a repository for their ongoing language preservation project with the Library of Congress. This project focuses on digitizing and transcribing wax cylinder sound recordings that were made in 1890 when the anthropologist Walter Jesse Fewkes visited the tribe with a phonograph. Since the number of fluent speakers of the Passamaquoddy's ancestral language has declined sharply in recent decades, this project is of tremendous cultural and historical value. Here, visitors can listen to audio clips from some of those 19th-century recordings and also explore other sound recordings, images, videos, and documents depicting Passamaquoddy culture and heritage that have been curated and annotated by tribal members. The portal's main page highlights categories from its Digital Heritage archives such as Cultural Life, Historic Events, and Museum Collection Items. Via the menu at the top, visitors can peruse the portal's Collections, read about Passamaquoddy History, and view the Traditional Knowledge Labels specifying culturally appropriate ways to use the materials in this archive.
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2019-11-22
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