Man translates prayers into Passamaquoddy
Monday, November 17, 2003

Allen Sockabasin, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine, is translating the Catholic rosary and prayers into the Passamaquoddy language.

Sockabasin, who has previously translated songs and poems into Passamaquoddy, says he wants people to pray in their own language. Currently, fewer than 600 members speak the language, and most of them are elderly.

The rosary will be recorded on compact discs and distributed to schools and churches in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.

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