Mawooshen Research is Alvin Hamblen Morrison, PhD. I am an ethnohistorical anthropologist studying WABANAKI FRONTIER ENCOUNTERS: relationships between Native, French, and English peoples of the Colonial Period in northern New England and Canada south of the St. Lawrence River. (I use the terms NATIVES and INDIANS interchangeably. WABANAKI is the general collective name for all of the separate but closely related Native peoples of this area, throughout the Historic Period into the Present. The term MAWOOSHEN is explained in Mawooshen Memo FAQ 3. NEWCOMERS refers to the French and English collectively, both as early explorers and colonists and as Canadians and Americans today.)
Through both parents, I am directly descended from participants in the Colonial Wars between these same groups. Yet I try to retain an anthropological neutrality, while parked in the past lane looking backward, remembering always that my ancestors were NOT "myself by candlelight." Their world and worldview were totally different than mine now. Contextual Cultural Relativism is my sine qua non, NOT Ancestor Worship. Also, I amalert to the fundamental fact that my ancestors were invading Newcomers into the lands of the Wabanaki Natives, who became Freedom Fighters only to try to stay in their homelands.
Born and raised in Portland, Maine, I received a BA in History at Dartmouth College (1957), an MA in Sociology and Anthropology at Boston University (1964), and first taught at Westbrook Junior College (1960-1967) in Portland; then earned a PhD in Anthropology from SUNY-Buffalo (1974). I hold the title of Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) at SUNY College at Fredonia, in westernmost New York state, where I taught from 1969 to 1992. While there I participated in both the major Maine Indian Land Claims US Congressional Settlement of 1980 and the 1991 Aroostook Band of Micmacs' late addition thereto.
Returning to Maine after early retirement, I taught part time for several southern Maine institutions (1992-1997) before fully retiring to my family's longtime summertown of Raymond, Maine. This website started there, on Panther Pond, as part of a neighbor's general-umbrella Lakes Region Of Maine website, which accounts for the very specific focus of some of the material here. But internet visitors wanted a wider Wabanaki Frontier perspective, which I now am happy to offer here.
New to this revived website is a third section: AHM REPRINTS & PREPRINTS [AR&Ps]. The reprints are some of my contributions to many years of annual PAPERS OF THE ALGONQUIAN CONFERENCES published in Canada; the preprints are my drafts for other publications. This third section cannot be as interactive as the other two sections are. The papers are longer and of a more formal genre. But I do hope that the new section adds to the easier availability of my knowledge, and stimulates others to add more to it.
I still cherish the Sebago Lakeland end of my chosen research realm, with its most famous Chief Polin who was killed there in 1756. I now delight in living in Falmouth, Maine, at the estuary of the Presumpscot River, near to where (according to a 1624 visitor) the Sakamo Skitterygusset "hath a house" and became famous. Falmouth's early specific ethnohistory starts at the coast, with that of the inland Sebago area starting much later.
So CHEERS TO RESEARCH, which can start by pondering the simple truths of both the opening line of an old poem by Annette Wynne: "Where we walk to school each day, Indian children used to play" and the closing line of a thoughtful song by Dick Blakeslee, reminding us that we ourselves are "only passing through." Between those lines.