University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Frank G. Speck

American Section – September 1910

Some Uses of Birch Bark by our Eastern Indians.

By: Frank G. Speck

The primitive Algonkian tribes of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada have only recently come in for a share of the attention of field ethnologists. While it is true in this region that outward modifications have resulted from foreign contact, nevertheless the internal aspect of life among many of these Indians has remained practically […]


American Section – December 1910

An Algonkian Myth

By: Frank G. Speck

In the Indian villages of New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada where the Penobscots, the Mali-sits, the Micmacs and the Passamaquoddies still occasionally exploit the old tales of their race, the good story teller, unaccustomed to make a parade of his gift, is apt to deny it altogether in the presence of a […]


A Visit to the Penobscot Indians

By: Frank G. Speck

The biennial election of governor, lieutenant-governor, representative, council and other officers of the Penobscot tribe of Indians took place last fall, and the inaugural ceremonies fol¬≠lowed on January first. At the invitation of the Indian officials I was present on this occasion, combining the opportunity of witnessing the ceremonies with regular field work in connection […]


Some Huron Treaty Belts

By: Frank G. Speck

Several visits which I made among the Huron Indians at Lorette, P.Q., near Quebec, some years ago, gave me the opportunity of studying the decorative art and manufactures of these interesting descendants of one of the most prominent tribes.¬† One of the chiefs possessed a handsome belt of white wampum which commemorated some treaty of […]