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Sunday Afternoons at the EAC: Traditional Passamaquoddy Music—the Wax Cylinders from 1890, presented by Dwayne Tomah and Donald Soctomah
January 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will open with a presentation by Donald Soctomah and Dwayne Tomah featuring a group of recordings from the 1890s captured on wax cylinders. The cylinders were made in Calais by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes, using an Edison cylinder recording machine. These 31 recordings were the first ethnographic field recordings ever made, worldwide. They contain songs, stories, ceremonies of various kinds and funeral songs performed by Passamaquoddy musicians and storytellers. The cylinders were originally in the Peabody Museum in Massachusetts, and currently stored at the Library of Congress. In addition to sharing these fascinating recordings, the program will include discussion and interpretation.
Donald Soctomah, a noted Passamaquoddy historian, has a particular interest in language and other cultural topics including petroglyphs. He has been active in the area of Passamaquoddy language preservation.
Dwayne Tomah, known as the Passamaquoddy ‘cultural language keeper,’ has spent considerable time in the ongoing project of transcribing the cylinder recordings.
Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. The series will run through April, skipping Easter Sunday. For more information, and to view the rest of the series lineup, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.