|Revolutionary War-era Tribal Cannon courtesy D. Soctomah|
The cannon was located in 2011 in Maryland, and now its back home. Where has it been?
Apparently, in 1960 a fisherman from Maryland was boating along Long Lake next to Peter Dana Point and noticed a pipe sticking out of the water. He looked at it, and with the help of a couple of other people, loaded it in his boat. The "pipe" was actually the tribal cannon. So he took it home with him to Maryland.
I've been interviewing people about the history of Peter Dana Point and many remember the cannon but didn't know where it disappeared to. This summer the Maine State Museum got the call from Maryland about returning the cannon to Maine and they called me. Laura Nicholas King was on her way to Maryland to visit her sons and I asked her to pick it up, so she brought it home.
So now it's here on the Township and I'm having a cradle built for it." -Donald Soctomah-
|Map of Indian Reservations in Maine|
For those who are not familiar with the Passamaquoddy peoples, here's a map of Indian reservations in Maine, courtesy of Maine Public Broadcasting Network's teacher resources. The Passamaquoddy Tribe explains that they are represented by the Joint Tribal Council which consists of the individual Tribal Councils of Indian Township, in Princeton, and at the the Pleasant Point Reservation (Sipayik) in Perry, Maine.
Many people also don't realize that the British attacked (what are now) Maine communities during the late 18th c. and that many Wabanaki peoples joined with American revolutionaries. Captain Sopiel Soctoma, Passamaquoddy, and 50 men of his tribe captured an armed schooner off Passamaquoddy Bay and delivered it to Colonel John Allan in Machias. You can read more about these tensions and battles at the Abbe Museum or at the Maine Historical Society. Apparently, many historic cannons found their end in the World War II metal drive as this Nebraska story relates.
Information about the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum
Route 1 - Indian Township, Princeton, ME 04668
Hours: Mon. 1:00-3:00 pm; Fri. 1:00-3:00 pm
Email: soctomah "at" ainop.com