A lavishly illustrated volume about the Adirondacks during the first three centuries after European arrival: the place, the Native American peoples there and the name, drawing on first -hand written sources and maps of the time.
Adirondack: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838
About the Book
“Anyone who has an Adirondack bookshelf will need this volume anchoring the far left end. It is where the story of this place begins, and it is told with both great accuracy and great power—a book for anyone whose heart is in these mountains.” – Bill McKibben
Generously illustrated with contemporary maps and engravings in full color, this work presents the first comprehensive history of the 1535-1838 period in the Adirondacks, providing detailed information about the Adirondack Indians after whom the range was named as well as the Native American groups who visited and hunted these mountains in early historical times. Dr. Sulavik explores the origins and meanings of the word Adirondack through a meticulous analysis of primary documents about the Native peoples and physical place bearing the name. He also traces the history of European exploration of the region through 1838. The earliest written accounts, journals, and maps, as well as contemporary scholarship in the fields of anthropology and geology, have been identified, assembled and analyzed by the author in one place to give an intimate and authoritative look at the Adirondacks during this period of intermingling. This will benefit scholarship as well as contribute to the general understanding of early Adirondack history.
Includes 31 full-color, full-page maps from European, Canadian, and American archives, many never reproduced before, 55 illustrations, bibliography, index.
Co-published with the Adirondack Museum
About the Author
Stephen B. Sulavik, M.D. first visited the Adirondacks in 1955; an avid fisherman, he became intrigued with the Adirondack guideboat, eventually becoming an authority on its builders and evolution. He then turned his passionate curiosity and well-honed research skills to the word Adirondack and to the region so named. Dr. Sulavik is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has published extensively and received many awards for clinical and teaching excellence.
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