EAC's Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., when Donald Soctomah will present a screening of Ntolonapemk: Our Ancestors’ Place, a 2006 film, which documents the cleanup of one of the most contaminated sites in Maine. In earlier times, Ntolonapemk was one of the sites of a Passamaquoddy village. For thousands of years, people would come to this spot to harvest great numbers of fish on their annual run up the Dennys River. A true success story, the film chronicles the site’s cleaning and return to the Passamaquoddy people.
Soctomah (born 1955) is a Passamaquoddy Native American author, filmmaker, historian, and politician. He serves as the tribal historic preservation officer for the Passamaquoddy tribe, where he works with both the U.S. and Canadian governments on the protection of culturally significant sites, artifacts, and knowledge. Soctomah has written several award-winning books about Passamaquoddy history, as well as a children’s book, Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and The Canoe Maker.
He appeared on the PBS reality show Colonial House, which premiered in 2004 and was filmed on Passamaquoddy land. Soctomah has also appeared in several films about the history and legends of his tribe, including some made for National Public Television, Maine Public Television, Canadian Broadcasting, Animal Planet, and several other networks. National Public Television’s Native America (2023) featured the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the Land Back Movement and the World’s Oldest Field Recordings on wax cylinders.
The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC's 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 early April, skipping Easter Sunday, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.
Eastport Arts Center is located at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and www.eastportartscenter.org and is handicapped-accessible.