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The New Moon Drum project was a project by James Eric Francis Sr. and Dominic Polchies to take the Language of our Penobscot Lunar Calendar and incorporate into a drum project. This project had two major components, to teach how to make drum and techniques of painting as an art project, and to use the project as an opportunity to build community. The motto of the project was “building community at the community building,” and we did this by hosting, each new moon, a New Moon Pot Luck and Social Gathering, which are hosted by the Cultural and Historic Preservation Committee. They have been working very hard to bring you these events for the last 10 months. This project’s goal was to bring our community together.
James Eric Francis Sr. and Dominic Polchies, as well as Doming Caparez worked very hard to create the drums and paint them. These drums belong to the Penobscot Community.
On Saturday during our Annual Community Days two drums were stolen. This act saddens me greatly. The drums are a set; they document a full year and access how we see the landscape and our lives in very specific periods of time, the moons. I am asking each and every tribal member to please come forward if you know anything about these missing drums. The other drums are incomplete without these drums. The plan was to display these drums as a set in the council chambers at the end of the project. This plan is now in jeopardy. So please if you have the drums or know where they drums are, get them home to their rightful place.
With a heavy heart
James Eric Francis Sr.
Director Cultural and Historic Preservation
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