James Eric Francis Sr. and Jennifer Neptune — who both reside and work on Indian Island — will reveal the indigenous Penobscot Culture, to enable us to broaden our view of the landscape that we see, in a Wednesday, Aug. 2 presentation at the Camden Yacht Club. The talk is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Neptune will also be doing a basket-weaving demonstration.

Passadumkeag, Kenduskeag, Katahdin, Sebago, Passagassawakeag, and even Penobscot are words that a local Mainer may be familiar with. But what do they mean? How much is the meaning tied up in a romanticized notion of cultures of the past, and how can we look at it from a cultural worldview that is indigenous to this landscape?

To truly understand a sense of place, one must explore the cultural elements that occupy a given space. By exploring indigenous Penobscot Culture we can broaden our view of the landscape that we (American/Maine Cultural beings) see, we can imaging a Penobscot Cultural Landscape.

Francis is an historian, geographer, storyteller, photographer, artist, father, husband and a Penobscot. He is the director/tribal historian of the Penobscot Nation, Cultural and Historic Preservation Department. Neptune is the coordinator of the Penobscot Nation Museum, an anthropologist, Maine Guide, herbalist and award-winning basket weaver.

This is the fifth in a series of eight Wednesday seminars hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.