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
Polansuwe Susehp Neptan is the Passamaquoddy translation of Chief Francis Joseph Neptune. This was recorded by Jesse Walter Fewkes as an unidentified song, and later a war song, March 17, SR 18
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Cultural Life, Stories, Historic Events, 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
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
Description of Snake Dance and Song; SR05
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Vocabulary
Summary
Numbers and days of the week spoken by Noel Joseph in 1890 and in 2018 by Dwayne Tomah. SR 08
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
Trading Dance/Song
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
These are fragments of much longer songs and song/dance series.
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories, Songs
Summary
Part Two - Story of the Fisher and the Sable SR14
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Songs
Summary
4262:AFC 1972/003: SR31
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Songs
Summary
4232:AFC 1972/003: SR01
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
4251:AFC 1972/003: SR20
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Dances, Songs
Summary
4235:AFC 1972/003: SR04
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Songs
Summary
4239:AFC 1972/003: SR08
Community
Passamaquoddy
Category
Cultural Life, Vocabulary
Summary
Speech, vocabulary items spoken by Noel Joseph and translated by Dwayne Tomah SR 09
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4241:AFC 1972/003: SR10
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4242:AFC 1972/003: SR11
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Songs
Summary
4243:AFC 1972/003: SR12
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4244:AFC 1972/003: SR13
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4246:AFC 1972/003: SR15
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories, People and Portraits
Summary
4247:AFC 1972/003: SR16
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4248:AFC 1972/003: SR17
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Songs
Summary
4249:AFC 1972/003: SR18
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4252:AFC 1972/003: SR21
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4253:AFC 1972/003: SR22
Community
American Folklife Center Library of Congress
Category
Stories
Summary
4254:AFC 1972/003: SR23