Maritime Author Series with Bruce J. Bourque
April 23, 2014
Bruce J. Bourque – The Swordfish Hunters
Bruce Bourque, Maine State Museum chief archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Bates College, explores the mysterious Red Paint People, one of the first maritime cultures in America thousands of years ago. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. They buried their dead in graves filled with a brilliant red powder. These people mysteriously vanished. The author interweaves archaeological research with his own intellectual discoveries to shed light on this remarkable prehistoric culture in Maine.