Margaret Apt is a language and cultural preservationist of the Peskotomuhkati First Nation, known as an Elder Knowledge Keeper, counselor, and teacher. Margaret discusses the significance of preserving the Peskotomuhkati language and her role as an elder, and the importance of passing down language and cultural knowledge to future generations. Margaret shares insights into traditional Peskotomuhkati foods and the cultural significance of basket making, learned from her grandmother, including the process of dyeing and weaving baskets with sweetgrass. The conversation delves into Margaret’s personal experiences, her connection with her grandparents, and the cultural context of basketmaking as a means of survival and sustenance in the community’s history.
Learn to speak the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language: https://pmportal.org/
More Indigenous baskets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QhXi_xHfKU