All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Song of the Drum: The Petroglyphs of Maine

Google Video has a two-minute snippet of Song of the Drum: The Petroglyphs of Maine.

Here's the synopsis from Film Baby:
This documentary film was made with the support and participation of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Maine. The film shows details of the petroglyphs and explains why the shamans, or their initiates, created these wonderful images. The petroglyphs date back to about 3000 years ago and changed over time as the ideas of the people who made them changed. The film shows Maine's abundant wildlife (moose, deer, eagles, seals, etc.) which are depicted in the petroglyphs as well as panoramic scenes of Maines beautiful landscape and oceans. Authentic Native American (Passamaquoddy) singing, drumming and language are presented in the film.

"Song of the Drum" was produced, filmed and edited by Ray P. Gerber Ph.D., a college professor at Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. The original script was written by Mark Hedden, pre-historic archaeologist, retired from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The film was narrated by Wayne Newell, a Passamaquoddy tribal member and educator. The film took 13 years to complete. [Link]
The entire 47-minute movie—first released in 2004—is also available from Northeast Historic Film.
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