An Upriver Passamaquoddy

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Drawing on his memories and an oral tradition, Allen Sockabasin returns to his Passamaquoddy village. To the outside world they lived in poverty, but he remembers a life that was rich.



Drawing on his memories and an oral tradition, Allen Sockabasin  returns to his Passamaquoddy village Mud-doc-mig-goog, or Peter Dana  Point, near Princeton, Maine. When Allen was a child in the 1940s and 1950s, his village was isolated and depended largely on subsistence hunting and fishing, working in the woods and seasonal harvesting work for its survival. Passamaquoddy was its first language, and the  tribal traditions of sharing and helping one another ensured the survival of the group.

To the outside world they lived in poverty, but Allen remembers a life that was rich and rewarding in many ways. He recalls the story tellers, tribal leaders, craftsmen, basketmakers, hunters, musicians, and elders who are sill his heroes, and he explains why preserving the Passamaquoddy traditions and language is so critical to his people's survival in modern times. Many rare photographs illustrate this fascinating memoir.

Erik C. Jorgensen, Executive Director, Maine Humanities Council writes:
"This is the story of a cultural leader's life time of service to his  
tribe and its endangered culture. But Allen Sockabasin's remarkable  
story goes beyond memoir. It offers a compelling and often gut-
wrenching account of how the Passamaquoddy people experienced the  
twentieth century battling widespread racism and maintaining an  
uneasy relationship with the forces of "progress" sweeping rural  
Maine and the rest of the nation. Its a book with a distinct and  
important perspective. Nobody with an interest in this regions  
history should miss it"

 

Author: Allen J. Sockabasin

Illustrations: Black & white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2007

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Passamaquoddy