Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, spoke to a capacity crowd October 19, 2015, at the annual Tea & Pops Archaeology program at the Jordan Pond House. Sockalexis focused on the two highest concentrations of petroglyphs in Maine – Machias Bay and the Kennebec River. Petroglyphs are images pecked or incised into bedrock and sites are found throughout the world within various landscapes, each with their own distinct meanings to the local inhabitants. This program offered a unique interpretive analysis of the petroglyphs of Maine from a Wabanaki perspective.

Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot, is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Penobscot Nation, and is also on the Abbe Museum Board of Trustees. He is currently conducting research pertaining to cultural identity and boundaries and maritime adaptation in Frenchman Bay, Maine at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. Chris began researching Maine’s petroglyphs with his father in 1985, and today, he continues to work with other archaeologists and Wabanaki people to gain a better understanding of why petroglyphs were made, who made them, and what these sacred images mean.

The talk was followed by hot popovers served by the terrific staff at Jordan Pond House, accompanied by conversations among the audience about what they had learned.

Special thanks to Dawnland, LLC for their generous support!