WASHINGTON, DC.- Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast
is a testament to one of the worlds great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeasts Atlantic corridor and its history, habitat and culture. The authors personal essays and Richards photography transport readers to this vibrant region, joining Smithsonian archaeological expeditions and trekking in vast and amazing terrain. Following Fitzhugh and Richards travels northfrom Maine to the Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland and northern Quebec, then to Labrador, Baffin and Ellesmere islands and Greenlandreaders view landscapes, uncover human history and meet luminous personalities along the way.
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 a rapidly converging world, people 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 10,000 years. Maine to Greenland is not only a complete account of the regions 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 their grounded and sustainable ways of living.
Fitzhugh is the director of the Arctic Studies Center and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History. Fitzhugh has conducted archaeology from Maine to Greenland and is currently excavating Basque and Inuit sites in Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Richard is a geographer and photographer who frequently travels to the Subarctic and Arctic. He is a research collaborator with the Smithsonians Artic Studies Center and a research fellow at the Uummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland.