Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Bunny McBride is an anthropologist and award-winning author whose books include Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris and Women of the Dawn. She has curated exhibits on Native American art and is an adjunct lecturer in anthropology at Kansas State University. Her colleague and husband, Harald Prins, is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University. He has done extensive fieldwork among indigenous peoples in South and North America, including Maine's four tribes, and consluted for tribal nations, the Smithsonian, and other institutions. McBride and Prins live in Manhattan, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Manesayd'ik: At the Clam-Gathering Placep. 1
Still in Eden: Wabanakis, Settlers, and Artistsp. 16
By Canoe, Sail, or Stream: Getting to Mount Desert Islandp. 34
Boating, Tramping, Rocking, and Tea: Rusticators on the Risep. 47
Peddling and Porpoising: Wabanaki Summer Resourcesp. 70
Fancy Baskets and Toy Canoes at Tent No. 3: Selling Crafts, Telling Fortunesp. 85
Mighty Tippy: Canoe Services and Salesp. 105
Everyone Knows Chief Big Thunder: Notable Wabanakisp. 117
Where Moose Bones Turned to Stone: Folklorists and Conservationistsp. 140
A Perfect Shame: Bar Harbor Village Improvement Associationp. 160
Epilogue: The Art of Survivalp. 172
Acknowledgmentsp. 174
End Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 184
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