Pam Cunningham and Tracy Neptune Ray practice the craft of fancy basket making. Both Pam and Tracy are Penobscot Indians and they’ve learned the art of weaving sweetgrass and brown ash from tribal elders. They dropped into the Story Bank Maine mobile recording booth in 2009 to chat about their cultural heritage and learning to weave.
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When it comes to bees, Carol Cottrill may be the most passionate person in Maine. Carol is a Master Beekeeper. She raises bees in Rumford, Maine where she makes honey and beeswax products from her hives. Carol was recorded for Story Bank Maine in 2009.
Bowdoinham, Maine sits right at the edge of Merrymeeting Bay, the confluence of five rivers including the Kennebec. The soil is rich and perfect for farming.
David Prout has farmed in Bowdoinham since the 1950’s. His father, Harry Prout, owned Merrymeeting Farms and was nicknamed “The Carrot King.” David and his good friend Frank Connors, a local historian, recall Merrymeeting Farms and chat about the importance of farmland preservation in Bowdoinham. This intervew was recorded in 2009 at Fort Andross, Brunswick.