- Hardcover: 404 pages
- Publisher: University of Maine Press; 1st edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891010955
- ISBN-13: 978-0891010951
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Penobscot man: The life history of a forest tribe in Maine Hardcover – 1997
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The original 1940 edition of Frank Speck’s classic ethnographic study, with thirty additional photographs collected by the author and a new preface by anthropologist David Sanger
Please see the University of Maine Press website for details. "Penobscot Man is an ethnographic classic written by an anthropologist trained to reconstruct traditional Native American, or Indian, lifeways. When Frank Speck began his fieldwork early in the twentieth century, practitioners of the new field of anthropology witnessed the low point of native populations. Once populous groups had vanished; others were so decimated that only remnants of their traditional behavior remained. The reconstruction of lifestyles, or cultures, prior to the radical changes caused by European contact constituted a major research goal. This book is a representative example of that agenda." - from the preface by David Sanger
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Although a graduate of Pennsylvania, he worked closely with Franz Boas A Franz Boas Reader: The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911 (Midway Reprint) Boas insisted that his students collect everything they could from Indians since they were believed to be disappearing.
As a result, Penobscot Man describes material culture in depth. By modern standards social organization leaves something to be desired, but kinship is covered, and Speck shows considerable interest in politics and religion, an interest that is expressed in his work on Iroquois. Midwinter Rites of the Cayuga Long House
The work is readable and an important resource for anyone interested in Northeastern Indians.