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James Eric Francis Sr. and Jennifer Neptune—who both reside and work on Indian Island, Maine—will reveal the indigenous Penobscot Culture, to enable us to broaden our view of the landscape that we see, in a presentation at the Camden Yacht Club on Wednesday, August 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Jennifer Neptune will also be doing a basket weaving demonstration.
Passadumkeag, Kenduskeag, Katahdin, Sebago, Passagassawakeag, and even Penobscot are words that a local Mainer may be familiar with. But what do they mean? How much is the meaning tied up in a romanticized notion of cultures of the past, and how can we look at it from a cultural worldview that is indigenous to this landscape? To truly understand a sense of Place, one must explore the cultural elements that occupy a given space. By exploring indigenous Penobscot Culture we can broaden our view of the landscape that we (American/Maine Cultural beings) see, we can imaging a Penobscot Cultural Landscape. “Through Language, the Landscape, and Lore we can re-create a place that is harmonious, rough, and sophisticated. We can imagine a Penobscot Sense of Place.”
James Eric Francis Sr. is a historian, geographer, storyteller, photographer, artist, father, husband, and a Penobscot. He is the Director/Tribal Historian of the Penobscot Nation, Cultural and Historic Preservation Department.
Jennifer Neptune is the Coordinator of the Penobscot Nation Museum, an Anthropologist, Maine Guide, Herbalist and award-winning Basket Weaver.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP).