passamaquoddy-maliseet sweetgrass harvest video

posted June 25, 2020


Language Keepers began in 2006 as an experimental project to document endangered languages, addressing a central dilemma in endangered language work: the decline and loss of public group discourse. When a language is no longer spoken in groups outside the family or in public, it cannot be passed on or documented effectively.

In their 14 years of documentation with the Passamaquoddy and Maliseet people of Eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Language Keepers filmed more than 100 hours of natural group conversation with 85 speakers. Since 2015, documentation has been posted to the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Portal. Visit the dictionary, here.

An excerpt from the video (transcript):

It used to be so much fun when my grandmother went sweetgrass picking with my mother. And they would bring the sweetgrass to our house, they would clean the sweetgrass, and take a little and tie it up, wrap it up and hang it on a rope. The sweetgrass would be hanging everywhere in the house. As we went to bed, you’d just look up to see the sweetgrass. It smelled so nice.

remember the awesome audio.almanac

posted May 28, 2016

yeah, that was fun!
Greenhorns 2013 Farmers Almanac

Download these audio tracks for listening in the car or truck, and in the greenhouse. Consider recording lectures and songs for others for next year’s New Farmer’s Audio Almanac. Email them to If you are still unfamiliar with the audio capacities of your smartphone, ask your smart 15 year old cousin to help you access Stitcher and Heritage Radio Network lectures on your smartphone. The Association for Cultural Equity has many recordings by Alan Lomax. has thousands of tracks. Really, it’s worth your time to figure it out.

longhouse food revival 2014!

posted August 1, 2014


This annual gathering is the Woodstock of food—an intense, weekend symposium designed to raise the bar on how food stories are told and to connect generations of food-inspired artists, writers, web producers, documentary filmmakers, and broadcasters. Every year, LongHouse focuses on a single story to create a multi-media Pop-Up Food Magazine that allows participants to experience state-of-the-art food stories in short, documentary films, live interviews, photography, music, radio broadcast, spoken word, fine art, web-based mapping, and hands-on cooking.

LongHouse 2014 delves into the intersection of culture and agriculture in the American Midwest with a series of unexpected stories, presentations, and performances. To learn more about this event, CLICK HERE!