Indian porpoise hunters of Passamaquoddy Bay Canoe, rifle,
and lance for capture of porpoise.
From a photograph by T. W. Smillie
Image ID: figb0213, NOAA’s Historic Fisheries Collection Credit: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLUTION NO: 8/5/97 #4
WHEREAS, the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribal Council is the recognized governing body of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Reservation; and
WHEREAS, the Passamaquoddy people have always found food for sustenance in the sea; and
WHEREAS, the Passamaquoddy people have a strong connection to Mother Earth and are determined to never break that connection; and
WHEREAS, the Passamaquoddy people always have had and always will continue to have a strong cultural and historic identity with Marine Resources; and
WHEREAS, our purpose , granted to us as Native People by the Creator, is to never abuse Mother Earth; and
WHEREAS, our Native Fisherman have historically, presently and in the future will always gather porpoise and other marine resources; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tribal Council at Sipayik by this Resolution hereby request that our Native Fisherman come forward with whatever Marine Resources at their disposal, and supply these resources to any people or entities as the aforementioned Native Fisherman see fit; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the taking of Marine Mammals such as whales, seals, and porpoise be only for exchange within the Native American Community.
From a photograph by T. W. Smillie.
Image ID: figb0214, NOAA’s Historic Fisheries Collection Credit: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service