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Book Launch of The Canoe Maker: David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy Birch Bark Artisan


Join authors Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive for the launch of their newest book The Canoe Maker: David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy Birch Bark Artisan.

Young Tobias is on a quest with his father, David Moses Bridges, the tribe's master canoe maker. Together, they go deep into the Maine woods to find the perfect birch and to gather spruce roots, cedar, and spruce gum to build a canoe in the "old ways." In this magical tale, David weaves Native American storytelling into the ancient art and spirituality of canoe making, including the heart-rending mythological legend of the partridge, the first canoe maker.

Signed copies of the book, beautifully illustrated by Mari Dieumegard, will be available for purchase in our Museum Store. An original work by David Moses Bridges is on display in the MHS exhibition Holding Up the Sky, which also served as inspiration for the exhibit logo.

About the Authors:

Donald Soctomah is an accomplished Passamaquoddy author, filmmaker, historian and political leader. He is Director of the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Center and Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, where he works with both the U.S. and Canadian governments on the protection of culturally significant sites, artifacts and knowledge. The cousin of David Moses Bridges, he also served as an advisor to the MHS exhibit Holding Up the Sky. He has written several books about Passamaquoddy history, including a prior children's book Remember Me: Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Jean Flahive has served as a consultant for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, rural communities, and nonprofit organizations throughout Maine. After a career in higher education, she rediscovered her passion for writing, and is the author of three children’s books: The Old Mainer and the Sea, and co-author with Donald Soctomah of Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt, which won a 2009 Moonbeam Gold Award, and The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook, which was a finalist in the 2012 Maine Literary Awards. She is also the author of two young adult historical novels, Billy Boy, the Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine and Railroad to the Moon: Elijah’s Story.

Free and open to the public - family friendly!

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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