Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine

Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine


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Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine by David S. Cook

Above the Gravel Bar opens up a new way of seeing Maine and the Northeast as a vast network of waterways. With this book you can put your kayak/canoe in a nearby river or pond in Maine and travel prehistoric routes to campgrounds thousands of years old.

David Cook takes the reader on a birchbark canoe journey through the landscape in the context of Northeastern geological development and Indian prehistoric culture. On rivers, lakes, over carries, and through coastal routes, we follow the archaeological and historical record, informed by accounts of early explorers.

First attempted in the early twentieth century, the publication of these ancient canoe routes, in daily use for millennia, is finally accomplished and in its third edition, with translations of Indian place names, a thorough index, notes and bibliography, and a foreword by Penobscot tribal historian, James Eric Francis, Sr. The anthropologist David Sanger, PhD, provides an introduction. Thirty-two illustrations including twelve maps.

This book has been chosen to be included in the new curriculum introduced with the Maine state law requiring K-12 schools to teach Maine Native American culture.

“Puts the true ancestral landscape into perspective.” —James Eric Francis, Sr., Penobscot tribal historian

Above the Gravel Bar is a masterful account of canoeing Maine’s interconnected waterways. —David Sanger, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology and Quaternary Studies, University of Maine, Orono

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882190690
Publisher: Polar Bear & Company
Publication date: 08/15/2007
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David S. Cook grew up in the town of Milo, Maine. As a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, he served a tour of duty in South Vietnam. A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a Master's degree in liberal studies, the author chose to live in Maine and taught history at Winthrop High School, where he was chairman of the Social Studies Department. He has served as president of the Maine Archeological Society, and since retiring has been an adjunct faculty member at Central Maine Community College and the University of Maine at Farmington, continuing to research and explore the history and ecology of Maine and the Northeast. David Cook is also the author of History of the 3rd Maine Infantry Regiment (Polar Bear & Company, 2017).

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