canoe copy

by David Cook

The book takes the reader along for a journey on the traditional Native American canoe routes of Maine.

With this book you can put your canoe in a nearby river or pond and travel prehistoric routes to campgrounds thousands of years old. Discover the birchbark canoe with the Indians of the Northeast.

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

This is the book’s 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.

Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 12.09.52 PMDavid Cook takes the reader on a birchbark canoe adventure 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.

The eminent anthropologist David Sanger, PhD, provides an introduction.

Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine by David S. Cook, published by Polar Bear & company. 32 black and white maps, photos & illustrations, 168 pp Quality Paperback, 5.5″x8.5″, ISBN-13: 978-1-882190-69-0; ISBN-10: 1-882190-69-6 US $12.95