1890 Passamaquoddy Phonograph Recordings

1890 Passamaquoddy Phonograph Recordings

This collection features the original Fewkes/Passamaquoddy phonograph recordings and associated fieldnotes, primary materials, and related journal articles.

These are the recordings made during Jesse Walter Fewkes' research trip to Maine in March of 1890. The trip was undertaken so he could test the Edison Phonograph in field conditions, and bring back sample recordings to various groups and universities in Boston before his trip to the Southwest later that year. These recordings were the first ethnographic phongraph recordings ever made, and were pivotal to further fieldwork with the Edison phonograph. After Fewkes' work with the Passamaquoddy, he went on to publish many journal articles and transcriptions of Passamaquoddy stories, which can also be found in this collection. 

Digital Heritage Items
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Songs
Summary
Francis Joseph Neptune
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Songs
Summary
The song of remembrance is the first song on wax cylinder #17 sung by Peter Selmore and recorded by J. Walter Fewkes on the 16 March 1890 in Calais Maine.
Community
AFC
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
4236:AFC 1972/003: SR05
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Vocabulary
Summary
Numbers and days of the week spoken by Noel Joseph in 1890 and in 2018 by Dwayne Tomah
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
Trading Dance/Song
Community
AFC
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
These are fragments of much longer songs and song/dance series.
Community
AFC
Category
Stories, Songs
Summary
4245:AFC 1972/003: SR14
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Songs
Summary
4262:AFC 1972/003: SR31
Community
AFC
Category
Songs
Summary
4232:AFC 1972/003: SR01
Community
AFC
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
4251:AFC 1972/003: SR20