Ancestral canoe journey, Motahkomikuk (Indian Township), 2019

Courtesy of Donald Soctomah, an individual partner

Ancestral canoe journey, Motahkomikuk (Indian Township), 2019

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Each year, citizens of the Peskotomuhkat (Passamaquoddy) tribe at Motahkomikuk (Indian Township) and allies travel two days by canoe to Sipayik (Pleasant Point Community) to reinforce familial and tribal obligations.

Tribal Historic Preservation officer for the Passamaquoddy, Donald Soctomah, explained the process,
"The Chief of Motahkomikuk selects one from the group to deliver the wampum belt to the Chief of Sipayik. They bring along a message with them that is exchanged between the tribal leaders in this centuries-old ceremony of alliance. There is cultural strength in unity of the protection of Mother Earth."

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  • Title: Ancestral canoe journey, Motahkomikuk (Indian Township), 2019
  • Creator: Donald Soctomah
  • Creation Date: 2019
  • Subject Date: 2019
  • Locations:
    • Motahkomikuk, Indian Township, Washington County, ME
    • Sipayik, Pleasant Point, Washington County, ME
  • Media: Digital
  • Object Type: Image

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