Chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum Bruce J. Bourque surveys the archaeological and ethnohistorical record to compile this overview of twelve thousand years of Native American culture and history in Maine. From the Paleo-Indian period to the present this scholarly but accessible work includes maps, photographs, and illustrations from archival sources that highlight the cultural traditions of the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations.
Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America is an essential introduction and captivating guide to Native literary traditions still thriving in many parts of North America. This scholarly volume contains vital background information and new translations of songs and stories reaching back to the seventeenth century.
In The Marshall Decision and Native Rights Ken Coates explains the cross-cultural, legal, and political implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on the Donald Marshall case. He describes the events, personalities, and conflicts that brought the Maritimes to the brink of a major confrontation between Mi'kmaq and the non-Mi'kmaq fishers in the fall of 1999, detailing the bungling by federal departments and the lack of police preparedness.
The Native Peoples of Atlantic Canada: A History of Indian-European Relations contains a selection of seventeen original writings, essays, and letters about the Indigenous Peoples of eastern Canada. This includes the Beothuck, the Mi'kmaq, and the Malecite. The collection begins with an excerpt from a Norse saga about Vinland, and includes reports about British Indian policy, M. H. Perley's Report on the Indians of New Brunswick, a report on housing, and an essay about time and institutional conflict.