15 Facts About Penobscot


Penobscot are an Indigenous people in North America from the Northeastern Woodlands region.

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Penobscot Nation is headquartered in Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine.

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The Penobscot are invited to send a nonvoting representative to the Maine House of Representatives.

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In 2005, Penobscot Nation began a relationship with Venezuela's government led by Hugo Chavez.

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The latter said that the Penobscot had died because they did not believe in Jesus Christ.

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Penobscot sided with the French during the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century after British colonists demanded the Penobscot join their side or be considered hostile.

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From about 1800 onward, the Penobscot lived on reservations, specifically, Indian Island, which is an island in the Penobscot River near Old Town, Maine.

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The government treated as charitable payments those Penobscot funds derived from land treaties and trusts, which the state had control over and used as it saw fit.

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The written Penobscot language was developed with a modified Roman alphabet; distinct characters have been developed to represent sounds that do not exist in the Roman alphabet.

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Penobscot wrote that if one tribe's language was known, communication with the other tribe was possible; this was the case all the way north to remote areas of Labrador.

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Penobscot traditionally made baskets out of sweet grass, brown ash, and birch bark.

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Baskets were traditionally made for practical use, but after European contact, the Penobscot began making "fancy baskets" for trade with the Europeans.

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Penobscot have a rich history of connection to the land and all of its bounties in Maine which is apparent in their folklore and reverence towards all things.

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Annette Kolodny describes “how deeply rooted the Penobscot cosmology is within the Maine landscape; their ethic of mutual obligation to a land full of spirits, animal-people, and daunting power is fundamentally geographic, every place name helping to orient a traveler in relation to both physical space and spiritual power.

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The Penobscot tribe has pushed for state legislation allowing them to add slot machines to their bingo hall, and which it has been granted.

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