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A masterful account of canoeing Maine's interconnected waterways. --David Sanger, PhD, Professor Emeritus Anthropology and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

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

About the Author

David Cook lives in Winthrop, Maine, near the capital, Augusta. A former president of the Maine Archeological Society, he is adjunct faculty member at Central Maine Community College and the University of Maine at Farmington. The author 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, he chose to live in Maine and taught history at Winthrop High School, where he was chairman of the Social Studies Department. He continues to research and explore the history and ecology of Maine and the Northeast.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Polar Bear & Company; 3 edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882190696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882190690
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 5, 2007
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Army veteran David S. Cook presents Above the Gravelbar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine, a reminiscence of great canoe travels along Maine's many interconnected waterways, combined with a deep respect for now Maine's Native peoples once used their watercraft to traverse the state. A handful of black-and-white maps illustrate this thoughtful chronicle, which delves deep into the history of individual routes. Above the Gravelbar is not a travel guide per se, but rather gives itself over to the rich, scenery-capturing detail sure to intrigue armchair travelers and canoe connoisseurs.
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Packed with historical information about Native American canoe routes in Maine.
Also included are descriptions of how to make a birch bark canoe. This writer
has been deeply immersed in his topic for years, yet his style is light and
easy. A wonderfully informative book.
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