This map shows the Traditional Ancestral Homeland of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. According to stories passed down we have occupied this area since the melting of the ice sheets (glaciers) for the past 600+ generations (12,000+ years). The Passamaquoddy Homeland is identified and highlighted based on traditional watershed areas used. The eastern most watershed (Lepreau River) empties out near Point LePreaux, NB. The western most watershed (Union River) empties out in the Union River Bay near Mt. Desert Island, ME. Neighboring Wabanaki tribes respected each other’s traditional watershed territories, however some minor overlapping of territories did occur and was accepted between the Wabanaki tribes.

The St John River watershed (Maliseet Territory) is next to the Lepreau River watershed.  The Penobscot River watershed is (Penobscot Territory) next to the Union River watershed.

Passamaquoddy Watersheds:

Lepreau River Watershed, Canada
New River Watershed, Canada
Magaguadavic River Watershed, Canada
Digdeguash River Watershed, Canada
Letang River, Canada
Bonny River, Canada
Bocabec River, Canada
Waweig River Watershed, Canada
St Croix (Passamaquoddy) River Watershed Canada and USA
Little River Watershed, USA
Pennamaquan River Watershed, USA
Dennys River Watershed, USA
East Machias River Watershed, USA
Machias River Watershed, USA
Pleasant River Watershed, USA
Narraguagus River Watershed, USA
Union River Watershed, USA

Credits/Sources/Citations: The above map was created with permission from the USGS.
Base map was copied from a CD-ROM produced by the USGS, Roworth, E. and Signell, R.P., 1999, Construction of Digital Bathymetry for the Gulf of Maine, U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 99-801 . 1 CD-ROM. The tribal homeland was created by the Pleasant Point Environmental Dept and layered on top of the USGS, Gulf of Maine, base map.