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Linda Gilbert Collection of Penobscot Indian Music

Identifier: MF084

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two brief tape-recorded interviews conducted by Davenport apparently for her master’s thesis on Penobscot Indian Music. In all, Davenport interviewed thirty-two informants but most were not recorded.


  • Creation: 1976


Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Known restrictions on material NA1062: copyright retained by interviewee and interviewer.


2 items

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NA1055 Teresa Sappier, interviewed by Linda Gilbert, summer 1976, Orono, Maine. Sappier, a Penobscot Indian, sings Penobscot Indian songs she learned from her mother and describes corresponding dances. Text: brief catalog. Recording: mfc_na1055_t1064_01, mfc_na1055_t1065_01 1/2 hour

NA1062 Ronald Francis, a.k.a. “Senabeh,” interviewed by Linda Gilbert, July 15, 1976, St. Ann’s Church, Indian Island, Old Town, Maine. Senabeh sings Penobscot Indian songs and talks of the legends, folk tales, and meanings that accompany them; the history of the corn dance; the warrior’s dance; the Medicine Man’s song; Bear Dance; Dog dance; Dance of the Eagle, and the Wedding Dance. For Master’s thesis on Penobscot Indian Music for University of Illinois. Text: 4 pp. transcript. Recording: mfc_na1062_t1072_01 49 minutes.

Physical Location

Library Annex 29-B-3-5 for master AND server16 ( for access.

Related Materials

Music Among the Contemporary Penobscot Indians by Linda Gilbert (MA Thesis, University of Illinois, 1977)

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Restricted Content

As of February 3, 2021, Fogler Library Special Collections will refrain from publicly posting all Wabanaki related materials in the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History collection until we have input from the Penobscot Nation, based on the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine System, University of Maine (Orono).

Guide to the Linda Gilbert Collection of Penobscot Indian Music
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Amanda Marden
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States