Sockalexis to share native history

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot, the tribal historic preservation officer for the Penobscot Nation, will speak about the little-known Native history of Mount Desert Island at The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main St., on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. He also will play native drums and sing.

Sockalexis has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Maine, with his primary focus on Maine archaeology. He currently is conducting research for his master’s degree at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, with his thesis work focusing on cultural identity and maritime adaptation in Frenchman Bay.

Sockalexis is one of the lead singers of the RezDogs, an intertribal powwow drum group based on Indian Island. He is a flintkapper with knowledge of the ancient art and technique of stone and bone tool production. He serves on the Abbe Museum board and is an avid canoe-kayak paddler who loves being out in the Maine woods and on the waterways that his ancestors traveled for thousands of years.

The program is part of Southwest Harbor Week.

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