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Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt. Desert Island

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This engaging, richly illustrated, and meticulously researched book chronicles the intersecting lives of Maine's native Wabanaki and wealthy summer rusticators on Mount Desert Island. Catering to Bar Harbor's (originally named Eden) burgeoning tourist market during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Wabanaki sold Native crafts, offered guide services, and put on "Indian shows." Their resourcefulness in the face of tremendous change helped them hold on to their cultural core.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892728046
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,107,435
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Donna Loring iv

1 Manesayd'ik: At the Clam-Gathering Place 1

2 Still in Eden: Wabanakis, Settlers, and Artists 16

3 By Canoe, Sail, or Stream: Getting to Mount Desert Island 34

4 Boating, Tramping, Rocking, and Tea: Rusticators on the Rise 47

5 Peddling and Porpoising: Wabanaki Summer Resources 70

6 Fancy Baskets and Toy Canoes at Tent No. 3: Selling Crafts, Telling Fortunes 85

7 Mighty Tippy: Canoe Services and Sales 105

8 Everyone Knows Chief Big Thunder: Notable Wabanakis 117

9 Where Moose Bones Turned to Stone: Folklorists and Conservationists 140

10 A Perfect Shame: Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association 160

Epilogue: The Art of Survival 172

Acknowledgments 174

End Notes 175

Bibliography 181

Index 184

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