The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues on March 10 at 3 pm, with Dwayne Tomah, Director of the Passamaquoddy Museum at Sipayik and the tribe’s Language Protector will present. Longtime fans of EAC’s Sunday series are familiar with Tomah’s informative presentations as he has done several in the past. This time he will discuss several aspects of his life’s work: the preservation of the Passamaquoddy language, including the evolution of the language, the development of a writing system and the continuing usefulness of the wax cylinders recorded in Calais in the 1890’s.

Made by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes, these 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.

Dwayne Tomah is shown presenting for the Sunday series in 2022. Photos by L. Elwood.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The full series schedule, which runs weekly through March 24, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.