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Thus reformulated, the task becomes one of identifying the social conditions of the emergence of linguistic and cultural forms, of their distribution among speakers, and of subjectivity itself as an embodied constellation of voices. (Tedlock and Mannheim 1995:8) In this ethnography I identify the social conditions that promote, on one hand, the emergence of linguistic and cultural forms as distributed among speakers as well as nonspeakers. But on the other hand, I also identify the social conditions that promote the disappearance of the specter of language death | 27 linguistic and cultural forms and how such conditions are distributed among those who refuse to be speakers and those who are apathetic about speaking the Maliseet linguistic forms and practicing Maliseet cultural forms.
Despite the seeming equivalence of the terms Maliseet and Passamaquoddy it should be noted that a clear distinction is often voiced by members of both the Maliseet and the Passamaquoddy communities concerning identity politics and sovereignty. At this point some distinctions are worthy of note. The geographical locale for the Maliseet is along the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. The Passamaquoddy are located in Washington County, Maine (Erickson 1978; LeSourd 2007). The Passamaquoddy must engage the United States government and the state of Maine to address their grievances, whereas the Maliseet must engage the Canadian government and the provincial government of New Brunswick (Erickson 1978).
Finally, how does anthropology either clarify or confuse the dilemma this native anthropologist faces while experiencing both worlds as native and anthropologist? When this research was ﬁrst committed to text, the answers to these questions seemed at times elusive, open-ended, and contradictory. Today I can only suggest that the answers continue to be elusive, open-ended, and contradictory. But as stated earlier, the project is not my attempt to simplify the complex but to see what becomes of the complex.
Defying Maliseet Language Death: Emergent Vitalities of Language, Culture, and Identity in Eastern Canada by Bernard C. Perley