Basic Reading List for MAINE’S 3-SIDED COLONIAL FRONTIER ENCOUNTERS ON THE DAWNLAND FRONTIER.
By Alvin Hamblen Morrison PhD / ethnohistorical anthropologist / Mawooshen Research
Wabanaki Natives and French & English Newcomers Interacting.
After reading most-if-not-all of my other Mawooshen Memos (in SakamoSeries; FAQ; N&Q), and SPAP Reports Nos I-1&2; I-3,4,5; and I-6, Colin Calloway’s 1991 book Dawnland Encounters is the most-for-your-money single-book efficiency study.
But a slower-paced study could include:
William LEMKE (1990): THE WILD,WILD EAST: Unusual Tales of Maine History. Camden ME: Yankee Books. [The first 10 tales (covering 1524-1745) are relevant-&-fun quick reading]
Richard JUDD et al eds (1995): MAINE: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present. Orono ME: Univ of Maine Press. [The first 6 chapters cover Prehistory-1759]
Maine Historical Society Howell & Baker eds: MAINE IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY: Christopher LEVETT’S VOYAGE 1623-24, and A GUIDE TO SOURCES. Portland ME: MeHlSy.
Emerson BAKER et al eds (1994): AMERICAN BEGINNINGS: Exploration, Culture, Cartography in the Land of Norumbega. Lincoln NE: Univ of Nebraska Press. [Follow-up to 1988 Conference]
Colin CALLOWAY ed (1991): DAWNLAND ENCOUNTERS: Indians & Europeans in Northern New England. Hanover NH: Univ Press of New England. [Adds needed perspectives to Clark TEF]
Charles CLARK (1970/83): THE EASTERN FRONTIER: Settlement of Northern New England 1610-1763. Hanover NH: Univ Press of New England. [Needs added perspectives of Calloway DE]
Charles MAHAFFIE (1995): A LAND OF DISCORD ALWAYS: Acadia from its Beginnings to the Expulsion of its People 1604-1755. Camden ME: Down East Books.
Bruce BOURQUE (2001): TWELVE THOUSAND YEARS: American Indians in Maine. Lincoln NE: Univ of Nebraska Press. [Visit major exhibit of same name at Maine State Museum in Augusta]
Fannie Hardy ECKSTORM (1945/80): OLD JOHN NEPTUNE and Other Maine Indian Shamans. Orono ME: Marsh Island Reprints (Univ of Maine Press). [FHE was Maine’s first ethnohistorian]
Frank SPECK (1940/97): PENOBSCOT MAN: The Life History of a Forest Tribe in Maine. Orono ME: Univ of Maine Press. [Alas, there’s not a speck of Wabanaki ethnohistory in Speck’s PM]
Joseph NICOLAR (1893): THE LIFE & TRADITIONS OF THE RED MAN. Bangor ME: C H Glass. Reprinted (1979) Fredericton NB: Saint Annes Point Press. [JN was a proud Penobscot elder, transmitting important Oral History via this important-&-unique book which needs greater attention]
Harald E L PRINS (1996): THE MI’KMAQ: Resistance, Accommodation, & Cultural Survival. Fort Worth TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers / Holt Rinehart & Winston. [ISBN 0-03-053427-5]