The muskrat is a brown, furry, waterproof mammal that belongs to the rodent family.  In and around the Indian Township Community,  the muskrat resides in freshwater.  It builds its lodge along the banks of lakes,streams and ponds.  Its sole source of food is roots and weeds. This animal has been and continues to be an important natural resource for the Passamaquoddy people.



1 or 2 whole muskrat (skinned)
6 potatoes cut in half
3 thick slices of salt pork

Dumpling Recipe: (To be added later)
2 c of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
A dash of salt
Add about c of milk or more( a bread dough consistence) to ingredients


Put the muskrat in a medium-sized pot and cover with water. Cover the pot and boil for half an hour. Then add the potatoes, cover and continue to cook until the potatoes are partially done. Fry the salt pork separately and add to the mixture. Now add the dumplings to the stew (about a tablespoon of dough per dumpling) . Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Can be eated with fry bread (tumasis). The feast is on! 

Recipe for Tumasis (Passamaquoddy Fry Bread)

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
tsp of salt
c water or milk (sticky mixture)
Heat c oil in black frying pan

Mix all ingredients together and add liquid to desired consistency . Fry on medium heat and cook slowly until brown. Turn over and cook until done.


Indian Township School

Wayne Newell
Cultural Director

Blanche Sockabasin
Dietary Services

Bessey Tinker
Cultural Teacher

S. Carol LeTourneau
Technology Coordinator