The Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on the "Lost Indian Tribes of Western Maine" on Wednesday, July 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in its building at 25 Turner Street. The speaker will be Peter Stowell.
Mr. Stowell’s talk, which will include a PowerPoint slide presentation, will cover the time period from about 1600 to 1762, when the final treaty of the French and Indian Wars was signed. Mr. Stowell will touch on approximately 20 tribes that lived west of the Kennebec River. The tribes include Anasagunticooks of Topsham, Auburn, and Canton Point; Pequawket of Fryeburg; Ameseconti of Farmington; Sokoki of York County; and Narantsouak, Teconnet, and Cushnoc of the Kennebec River. Mr. Stowell will also address tribal interactions with settlers, clerics, and fishermen, as well as the eventual fate of the tribes.
Mr. Stowell is a native of and a student of all things Oxford County. His Canton connections reach all the way back to the settlement's beginnings and include the Harlow, Stanley, Reynolds, Russell, Holland and Stowell families. He is the author of two books for the Arcadia Publishing Company of Charleston, SC: Images of America - Dixfield and Images of America - Old Town. For several years he was the editor of the Dixfield Star, the newsletter of the Dixfield Historical Society and is a regular contributor to Memories of Maine magazine. During the event, Mr. Stowell’s Dixfield book will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.
This event is free of admission and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.