Following their extinction, the Beothuk came to be viewed as a people whose origins, history, and fate were shrouded in mystery. On a quest to sort fact from fiction, Ingeborg Marshall, a leading expert on the Beothuk, has produced an elegant, comprehensive, and scholarly review of the history and culture of the Beothuk that incorporates an unmatched amount of new archival material with up-to-date archaeological data. The book is beautifully and extensively illustrated with maps, portraits, photographs of Beothuk artifacts, burial sites, and camps, and a set of drawings by Shanawdithit. A History and Ethnography of the Beothuk is a compelling story and an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in the Beothuk or Native peoples of North America.
About the author
Ingeborg Marshall has studied with great interest The Beothuk of Newfoundland since she became a resident of the province of Newfoundland. In 1984 she received a Masters of Anthropology from Memorial University. Her masters thesis, Beothuck Bark Canoes: An Analysis and Comparative Study was published by the National Museum in Ottawa. Her research on the Beothukk has included archaeological surveys of various camp and burial sites in the Notre Dame Bay area and systematic search of Archives in Canada and abroad for previously uncovered documents of the Beothuk.
"The essential and standard reference on the Beothuk." Tony Hall, Globe and Mail "A fascinating book ... It is an excellent example of the craft of the historian in bringing together information from diverse sources to construct a highly readable and plausible story." David Newhouse, Quill & Quire "A masterful and definitive epic written with both engaging empathy and rigorous scholarship." R.A. Bucko, Choice