Passamaquoddy Traditional Knowledge Labels

We were introduced to the TK Labels by the Local Contexts team in 2014. We were really interested in how the Labels could support our concerns about connecting and clarifying our community with the recordings as well as helping people understand the culturally appropriate future uses of these recordings. We consider ourselves to be the authority and custodians over these recordings regardless of who is considered the ‘legal owners’. The TK Labels help us make this clearer to non-Passamaquoddy people and set out an alternative paradigm of rights and responsibilities for the care and future management of our cultural heritage.

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Elihtasik How it is done

When using anything that has this Label, please use the correct attribution. This may include individual Passamaquoddy names, it may include Passamaquoddy as the correct cultural affiliation or it may include Passamaquoddy Tribe as the tribal designation. If you want further advice about using any material that has this Label, please contact: Donald Soctomah (soctomah@gmail.com)

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Ekehkimkewey Educational

Certain material has been identified by Passamaquoddy tribal members and can be used and shared for educational purposes. Ekehkimkewey means 'educational'. The Passamaquoddy Tribe is a present day community that retains cultural authority over its heritage. This Label is being used to teach and share cultural knowledge and histories and to raise greater awareness and respect for Passamaquoddy culture and worldviews. If you want further advice about using any material that has this Label, please contact: Donald Soctomah (soctomah@gmail.com)

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Ma yut monuwasiw This is not sold

This Label indicates that this material should not be used in any commercial ways, including ways that derive profit from sale or production for non-Passamaquoddy people. The name of this Label Ma yut monuwasiw means ‘this is not to be sold/purchased’. If you are unsure if your use is non-commercial, please contact: Donald Soctomah (soctomah@gmail.com)