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YouTube Video on Maine Indian Land Claims
A ten minute documentary on the Maine Indian Land Claims Case, written, filmed, narrated and edited by Shireen Hinckley, a Maine high school student. The interviews were conducted in August of 2007. The film has since won several awards.
Go to the site below and click on The Passamaquoddy: A People Reborn
The Equinox Petroglyph Project: Interpretations by Women and Children
In October of 2006, one of the most sacred and well-documented sites of ancient petroglyphs on the eastern seaboard of the United States was returned to its original peoples, the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The site is known as “Picture Rocks” and lies on the Machias Bay in “Downeast” Maine. The rock carvings and peckings date as far back as 3,000 to 5,000 years and its most ancient peckings may be as old as 10,000 years. Believed to be made by Shamans, the petroglyphs are positioned such that they are the most visible at the Fall or Spring Equinox and thus the name of the Exhibition, The Equinox Petroglyph Project: Interpretations.
The Equinox Petroglyph Project is an effort to document and interpret the ‘Picture Rocks’ from the female point of view and that of the Passamaquoddy youth through visual, auditory, and tactile works of art.
Maine Memory Network
The Maine Memory Network is a digital museum that provides access to historical items from over 180 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine. Step inside to see rare photographs, documents, and artifacts. Go to the Maine Memory Network website and type the following phrases in the search box: Abenaki Indian, Maine Indian, Maliseet Indian, Micmac Indian, Passamaquoddy Indian, or Penobscot Indian.
Maliseet-Passamaquoddy Language Resources
The Maliseet and Passamaquoddy people were closely related neighbors who shared a common language, but though the French referred to both tribes collectively as Etchemins, they always considered themselves politically independent. The tribes of the east coast were confusing to Europeans, who couldn't understand why dozens of small groups of Native Americans lived together yet claimed to be separate nations. What they didn't realize was that these groups had not always been so small. European diseases decimated the Indian populations--the Passamaquoddy were 20,000 strong before European contact and no more than 4000 afterwards.
Finding Katahdin Online: Primary Sources
Finding Katahdin Online complements Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past, a comprehensive Maine Studies text book developed and published by the University of Maine Press for Grade 7-12 teachers and students.
Windows on Maine
Windows on Maine is a pilot project to develop an online service offering streaming video programs and clips, and other primary and secondary digital resources, via broadband and wireless connections. It features a searchable database of complete programs and video clips from the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Rich multimedia that further documents Maine's history has been selected from collections of the state's cultural institutions, and complements the video archive. Search for topics including Wabanaki-, Maliseet-, Micmac-, Passamaquoddy-, and Penobscot Tribes, Land Disputes, and Native American.
The Maine Folklife Center – Maliceet and Passamaquoddy Tales
The Maine Folklife Center focuses on bringing the resources and skills of oral history and folklife research to school teachers and students. The following link highlights Maliceet and Passamaquoddy Tales.
The Algonquin Legends of New England or, Myths and Folk Lore of the Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Tribes
By Charles G. Leland, 1884
Wabanaki: A New Dawn (DVD)
The Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn Land, have lived in what is now Maine and Maritime Canada for more than 11,000 years. It was not until the early 1600s that Europeans came to live in the territory inhabited by an estimated 32,000 Wabanaki. This contact was disastrous. "Wabanaki: A New Dawn" shows the quest for cultural survival by today's Wabanaki... the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot People. The voices in the video offer hope that the Wabanaki will use their cultural and spiritual inheritance to survive and thrive in the third millennium. Wabanaki: A New Dawn was produced in 1995 and is presented by the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission.
The Native American people of Maine are invisible. To most whites they do not exist, and many who do know of the Indians presence are ignorant of both their history and their present circumstances. This video examines some of the history of the relations between the white and Indian communities in Maine. Through individual voices, it looks at underlying reasons for the racism so deeply imbedded in white American culture and how that racism continues to shape Native American reality today. It then asks how we can begin to change our own racism and confront the invisible racism that underlies much of white American society today. Available from Northeast Historic Film at 1-800-639-1636.
First published in 1991, Rethinking Columbus has changed the way schools teach about the "discovery of America." This greatly expanded edition has more than 100 pages of new material, including handouts to conduct a classroom "Trial of Columbus" and other activities. Available through the American Friends Service Committee at http://www.rethinkingschools.org/orderform/order.shtml or http://www.amazon.com/
A retrospective on the 1980 Maine Indians Land Claims Settlemen, presented by Jill E. Tompkins, Penobscot Tribal Member and Director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School. This video is in Flash format for online viewing. DVDs of Professor Tompkins' presentation are available from Maine DOE.
The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes: A Resource about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac and Abenaki Indians
The Wabanakis of Maine... is organized into four parts: historical overview, lesson plans, readings, and fact sheets. It contains many excellent line drawings and photographs. Also included are a bibliography and a list of resources that includes native governments, organizations, museums, and other institutions, as well as books and audio visual materials. Available from the American Friends Service Committee at http://www.afsc.org/resources/items/wabanakis.htm
Maine’s Native American Studies Resources Website
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain’s Wabanaki Lesson Plans Website
Lessons, activities, materials and resources developed for teachers wishing to integrate study of the Wabanakis into existing or new curricula.
Edited by Joseph E. Charnley.
A resource for educators searching for information about how to appropriately implement LD291 in their classrooms.
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