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July 29, 2013


Passamaquoddy is a unique language spoken by the Wabanaki Indians of northern Maine, with only a few hundred native speakers left. Molly Neptune Parker and her grandson, George Neptune, are master basket weavers who use this art as a vehicle for teaching the Passamaquoddy language. Here they talk about the distinguishing characteristics of their language and the importance of preserving and sustaining it for future generations.

Videography by Sara Legg and Kylie Shryock
Edited by Sara Legg and Jillian Reagan