Film explores ancient carvings

MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast Harbor Library will host a screening of “Song of the Drum: The Petroglyphs of Maine” Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

The 2004 film was made by Ray P Gerber in 2004 with the cooperation of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Wayne Newell, Passamaquoddy elder, is the narrator. The petroglyphs, or stone carvings, date as early as 1,000 BCE. They are believed to have been of shamans, used as metaphors of the spirit quest or to help memorize chants. The film presents explanations and ideas about what the images mean and how they changed over time.

A discussion will follow the film screening. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the library at 276-3333.

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