|Photo courtesy of Donald Soctomah|
A blessing ceremony was conducted by Joanne Dana, Passamaquoddy elder, who also did a blessing at the reception at the Abbe Museum. Passamaquoddy tribal historic preservation officer Donald Soctomah spoke about the importance of the N'tolonapemk site and its rehabilitation to the Passamaquoddy people. The new viewing area features a large double curve design framed by fire-cracked rocks collected during the archaeological excavations, designed by Passamaquoddy artist Stephanie Francis. Young trees have also been planted that will grow to be large trees sheltering and protecting the site.
The Abbe hopes to host additional site visits or on-site programs during the upcoming year, although the area will not be open to the general public in the immediate future. Stayed tuned for future plans!