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The World's Oldest Field Recordings w/ Donald Soctomah and Dwayne Tomah

  • Abbe Museum 26 Mount Desert Street Bar Harbor United States (map)
Photo by Rogier van Bakel, Eager Eye Photography

Photo by Rogier van Bakel, Eager Eye Photography

Join the Abbe Museum for a one of a kind educational experience with Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy Language Teacher. For the first time, Donald will be presenting the world’s oldest anthropological field recordings, preserved on wax cylinders in 1890. This collection includes Passamaquoddy narratives, vocabulary, number lists, and songs, and are the earliest known field recordings of Native Americans on wax cylinders.

Come hear Donald speak about the work being done by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Library of Congress, and get a glimpse of the project’s next steps. Then listen to the original recordings and modern versions, based on the transcriptions, and hear Dwayne present a few songs in person.

This event is free and open to the public at the Abbe Museum’s downtown location. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, museum doors will open at 4 pm. Questions? Contact Starr at or 207-288-3519.

NOTE: In the event of snow, this program will be rescheduled to February 25, 2019.