Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine

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U of Nebraska Press, Jul 1, 2004 - Social Science - 368 pages
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Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine documents the generations of Native peoples who for twelve millennia have moved through and eventually settled along the rocky coast, rivers, lakes, valleys, and mountains of a region now known as Maine. Arriving first to this area were Paleo-Indian peoples, followed by maritime hunters, more immigrants, then a revival of maritime cultures. Beginning in the sixteenth century, Native peoples in northern New England became tangled in the far-reaching affairs of European explorers and colonists. Twelve Thousand Years reveals how Penobscots, Abenakis, Passamaquoddies, Maliseets, Micmacs, and other Native communities both strategically accommodated and overtly resisted European and American encroachments. Since that time, Native communities in Maine have endured, adapted when necessary, and experienced a political and cultural revitalization in recent decades.
 

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The Gulf of Maine has a rich history of archaeological research that goes back to the 1839 discovery of coastal shell middens. Bourque, chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine ... Read full review

Contents

The Prehistoric Past
1
The PaleoIndian Period
13
The Archaic Period
37
The Ceramic Period
75
An Introduction to the Historic Past
103
Early European and Native Contacts
111
The Second Half of the Seventeenth Century
129
The War Years
147
The Era of the Mission
171
Land Politics and Survival to the Present
209
The Traditional Material Culture of the Native Peoples of Maine
249
A38 Latenineteenth or earlytwentiethcentury
305
Notes
311
Bibliography
327
Index
355
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Page 338 - Papers relating to Pemaquid and parts adjacent, in the present State of Maine, known as Cornwall county, when under the colony of New York. Compiled from official records in the office of the Secretary of State at Albany, NY, by Franklin B.
Page 351 - Giles Memorial. Genealogical Memoirs of the Families bearing the names of Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Robinson, Sampson and Webb, with a history of Pemaquid, ancient and modern ; some account of early settlements in Maine, and details of Indian warfare.

About the author (2004)

Bruce J. Bourque is chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum and senior lecturer in anthropology at Bates College. His books include Diversity and Complexity in Prehistoric Maritime Societies: A Gulf of Maine Perspective. Steven L. Cox is a professor of anthropology at the Center for Northern Studies and a research associate at the Maine State Museum. Author of The Old Man Told Us: Excerpts from Micmac History, 1500?1950, Ruth H. Whitehead was a research associate at the Nova Scotia Museum.

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