Thursday, April 03, 2014

Passaconaway’s descendants struggle to protect sacred site

By Gale Courey Toensing (A Story Published: Sept. 26, 2008)

     Descendants of the Pennecook Tribe of the Eastern Abenaki Nation in southern Maine and northern New Hampshire have gathered for generations at this pile of stones on top of Mount Agamenticus in York, Maine, to worship and perform ceremonies. The site is held in reverence as a sacred place. Now the coordinator of the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region says St. Aspinquid “never existed” and wants to undertake a “cleaning up” project by moving the stones away from the summit. A sign will be erected there that does not mark the site as a memorial to or burial site of Passaconway, but instead refers to “the legend.” -

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