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    DescriptionFive thousand years ago an American people vanished. They lived by the sea and along the lower stretches of the rivers in what is now Maine. They harvested the sea, notably for one of its more dangerous prey, the sword fish. They buried their dead in orderly graves filled with a ritual red powder known as ochre, along with stone tools and bone ornaments of exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Compared with other contemporary maritime cultures, for example those who occupied what is now Scandinavia, the Red Paint People stood out. They hunted more dangerous prey, had far-flung networks, more elaborate mortuary rituals, and larger, more elaborate stone tools and decorative ornaments. They worked in wood for buildings and furniture and boats. They effectively invented the cemetery in which the dead were buried, and unlike most other cultures, there were seemingly few distinctions between the rulers and the ruled, the wealthy and the poor. Today there are around forty-four cemeteries with thousands of excavated graves and their artifacts which together form a fascinating if distant keyhole view of an early American culture.

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    The Red Paint People
    An Ancient American Indian Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce J. Bourque
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 767 g
    ISBN 13: 9781593730383
    ISBN 10: 1593730381

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBE
    BIC subject category V2: HDD, HB
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036100
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036010, HIS028000, HIS002000, HIS038000
    DC22: 974, 974.01, 974'.01
    Illustrations note
    Bunker Hill Publishing Inc
    Imprint name
    Bunker Hill Publishing Inc
    Publication date
    17 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Bruce Bourque is Chief Archaeologist and Curator of Ethnology at the Maine State Museum. He teaches at Bates College and is the author of Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine.
    Review quote
    Bruce Bourque's The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine's Red Paint People were among the first maritime cultures in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England's deep maritime roots must read this book. -- Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences University of Maine