Penobscot Traditions, with Little Devil Fish

Nicholas N. Smith

The reader joins a Penobscot family where Little Devil Fish gets to hear some of his favorite stories as he learns the skills and social relationships described in detail as family and friends move camp with the seasons.

A realistic narrative of Penobscot Indian life in the Maine woods before Europeans arrived, based on a lifetime of research by Nicholas N. Smith, PhD: 

“I have lived close to the Indians for several years and learned much from them. I have eaten their food, learned some of their language, and become acquainted with many of their customs. If I tried to present a list of all those that have given me information, it would make a long list. There are many Indians in Maine and New Brunswick who hope the Indian departments will give them more understanding and a better chance in life. I shall mention only one Indian, Peter L. Paul, to whom this is dedicated … He has taught me a great deal of the Indian ways, encouraged me to go on with my research, and made me feel like I were one of his family.” 

From the Afterword:

“I accompanied Edwin Tappan Adney’s best friend, the late Peter L. Paul (1902–1989), a Maliseet Indian, to Adney’s cabin at Upper Woodstock, New Brunswick. We turned left off the highway, passing through a grove of tall pines that insulated the cabin from all road noise and isolated it from civilization.”

The author proceeds with key insights into translation and linguistics.

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