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Madeline Shay

Madeline Shay was a late Penobscot elder considered by many to have been the last fully fluent speaker of the Penobscot language. However, there are other Penobscot elders still living today who did grow up speaking the language to some extent, and the younger generation of Penobscots is now working on reviving their ancestral language.

Madeline Shay Resources

Here is a page of audio recordings made by Madeline Shay to help her people continue the language: Madeline Shay recordings.

Here are links to our webpages about the Penobscot tribe and language:
 Penobscot language learning
 Penobscot people
 Penobscot culture
 Algonquian myths
 Northeastern Woodland culture area
 Algonquian languages

Recommended Books

Here are a few good books about the Penobscots:
 Women of the Dawn
 Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians of Maine
 The Language of Basket Making

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