Adney, Tappan

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Adney, Tappan

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  • Adney, Edwin Tappan; Adney, E. Tappan

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1868-1950

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Born in 1868, Edwin Tappan Adney first became interested in Maliseet culture during his vacation in Woodstock, New Brunswick, in 1887. In the early 1930s, he relocated to Woodstock, the home of his wife, Minnie Bell Sharp.

Much of Adney's life was devoted to the study of Maliseet culture, and as a result he became an expert on various aspects of it, particularly, the birchbark canoe and the language. His publications include: "Birch Bark Canoe Construction" (Harper's Young People, 29 July 1890), "The Indian Hunter of the Far Northwest (Outing, March 1902), and "The Malecite Indian's Names for Native Berries and Fruits, and Their Meanings" (Acadian Naturalist, vol. 1, no. 3, May 1944). In the 1940s, he became known as an activist for native rights. E. Tappan Adney died near Woodstock on 10 October 1950.

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