In pre-European times, when Maine's Native people had full access to their homeland, the birchbark canoe was an indispensable aspect of their culture. We cannot begin to comprehend how they negotiated their homeland without an understanding of how canoes enabled access to interior and coastal landscapes. The birchbark canoe represents the best adaptation that the people made during their long residence in the northern forests. By combining canoe lore with archaeology, Dave Cook has reminded us of these two inseperable domains. 142 pgs. Softcover.