Maine to Greenland

Maine to Greenland

Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

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Maine to Greenland is a testament to one of the world's great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeast’s Atlantic corridor and its fascinating history, habitat, and culture. The authors’ powerful personal essays and Richard’s stunning photography transport readers to this vibrant region, joining Smithsonian archaeological expeditions and trekking in vast and amazing terrain. Following Fitzhugh and Richard’s travels north—from Maine to the Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland and northern Quebec, then to Labrador, Baffin and Ellesmere islands, and Greenland—we view incredible landscapes, uncover human history, and meet luminous personalities along the way.
Fully illustrated with 350 full-color photographs, Maine to Greenland is the first in-depth treatment of the Northeast Atlantic corridor and essential for armchair travelers, locals, tourists, or anyone who has journeyed there. Today green technology, climate change, and the opening of the Arctic Ocean have transformed the Maritime Far Northeast from an icy frontier into a global resource zone and an increasingly integrated international crossroads. In our rapidly converging world, we have much to learn from the Maritime Far Northeast and how its variety of cultures have adapted to rather than changed their environments during the past ten thousand years. Maine to Greenland is not only a complete account of the region’s unique culture and environment, but also a timely reminder that amidst the very real consequences of climate change, the inhabitants of the Maritime Far Northeast can show us grounded and sustainable ways of living.

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Two Smithsonian archaeological researchers draw on decades of regional exploration to present a sumptuous tribute to the Maritime Far Northeast, combining personal essays on its history, habitat and culture with striking photography.

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This work takes general readers on a journey through the Maritime Far Northeast on the Atlantic Coast of North America, offering 350 large-format color photos of the landscapes, history, peoples, and cultures of the region. Supporting text explains how populations have adapted to the climate and how they will adapt to climate change in the future. Native people’s issues are discussed, such as the seal hunting controversy, and profiles of historical figures are provided. Coastal ecology and the national parks of the region are also explored. Co-author Fitzhugh directs the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Co-author Richard is a photographer and researcher affiliated with the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center and the Uummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781588343772
Branch Call Number: 917.1504 FITZH
Characteristics: 272 pages
Additional Contributors: Richard, Wilfred


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Sep 12, 2017

An examination of the geography, history, cultures, and ecosystems of a vast stretch of land from Maine in the south to Greenland and Nunavut in the north. Enlightening, with excellent photography.


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