Indigenous Peoples' Day
As a Maine-based small business, owned and operated by a Maine native, we are proud to be honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a new exciting opportunity to bake with and resell wild Maine blueberries from the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company (PWBC).
By purchasing Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberries, we support the Tribe’s prosperity and economic development initiatives. 100% of profits are reinvested in future growth or distributed to the Tribe, benefitting the Passamaquoddy People.
The Passamaquoddy people have lived and flourished for fourteen thousand years primarily in Eastern Maine and Western New Brunswick, Canada. The Passamaquoddy way of life was to hunt, fish, trap, and gather food and medicine, and employ the environment’s natural resources to sustain their communities.
Over the past 400 years, the encroachment and degradation of the resources in their homeland forced them to adapt, precipitating a shift away from their traditional indigenous economy. They had to find alternative ways to survive and feed their families.
The Passamaquoddy were among the first to harvest wild blueberries and have been doing so for more than one thousand years, making these fruits an essential part of their diet, economy, and culture. PWBC embodies this long tradition and ongoing commitment to wild blueberry farming and its cultural significance, which has helped sustain the Passamaquoddy People.
“Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a great opportunity for everyone in Maine to learn about the true original inhabitants of the lands and waters, the Indigenous people that have ancestral roots here and also still exist,” Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation’s ambassador, was quoted saying last year. “The Wabanaki have five tribal nation communities and we also honor all of the tribes that were either killed off or displaced by the colonization of Maine.”
Maine has now celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a state holiday for two years now. Last year, Governor Mills expressed “it is important to recognize that our collective history goes much further back long before statehood. Maine’s culture today is in large part the direct result of those who first hunted, farmed, fished and occupied much of the land that we call our home.
Today we honor the contributions and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of Maine and examine our shared history with open eyes, open minds and open hearts, pausing in gratitude for the long-standing presence of the Wabanaki tribes in the State of Maine, and recommitting ourselves to our shared future as a place and as a people.”
This Indigenous Peoples’ Day we look forward to the opportunity to review our shared history with understanding and to learn ways we can build a better shared future together.
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