EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue at 3 pm, Sunday, April 3, when Dwayne Tomah gives a presentation featuring a group of wax cylinder recordings from the 1890s. Made in Calais by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes, the recordings were created with an Edison cylinder 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 are currently stored at the Library of Congress. In addition to sharing these fascinating recordings, the program will include discussion and interpretation.
Known as the Passamaquoddy ‘cultural language keeper,’ Tomah has spent considerable time in the ongoing project of transcribing the cylinder recordings.
Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in the Washington Street Gallery, downstairs at EAC. Voluntary donations sustain these programs; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. The series runs at 3 pm Sundays, including April 10, and concluding in May (date TBA) with a presentation by Mark DeVoto. For more information, and to view the rest of the series lineup, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. Video and audio recordings of many of these talks have been released; these can be accessed via the EAC site and YouTube channel.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building.