Online Exhibits - Penobscot Primer
The Penobscot Primer is an innovative, computerized Native American language resource for teaching and research.
Linguist Dr. Frant T. Siebert and Photographer Richard Garrett developed the Primer to use with the late Madeline Shay, the last Penobscot brought up speaking the native language. Inspired by slides, Madeline spoke in her native tongue about the Penobscot world. Penobscot teachers Carol Dana and Barry Dana employed the written phonemes of Dr. Frank T. Siebert to transcribe her words.
Listen to Madeline speak in Penobscot:
MP3 audio file (279 kB)
I don’t want to go to school. No! No!
MP3 audio file (66 kB)
The bird is going to fly away.