In 1887, at the tender age of eighteen, Tappan Adney embarked on his first trip to New Brunswick. He had plans to enrol at Columbia University in the fall, primed for a meteoric rise in academia — but fate intervened. He fell under the spell of the New Brunswick wilderness and the local Maliseet people.
Nothing escaped his curiosity. Adney embarked on hunting, fishing, and camping trips, recording his wilderness adventures in journals through evocative sketches and memorable prose, including the detail of a caribou hunt decades before their extinction in this area of the country.
Years later, Tappan Adney went on to become a celebrated journalist, photographer, and ethnologist. His models of aboriginal canoes, now in many museum collections, helped save the birchbark canoe from oblivion.
This new, revised edition of the original volume of The Travel Journals of Tappan Adney is a welcome companion to the recently published second volume of Tappan Adney's journals. This edition features a few corrections, the inclusion of recently discovered photographs, and a more relaxed design to match the second volume for reading ease.
Tappan Adney, born in 1868 in Athens, Ohio, was an artist, a writer, and a photographer. He was credited with saving the art of birchbark canoe construction and built more than 100 models of different types. During World War I, he was an engineering officer for the Royal Military College. His book about the Klondike Gold Rush has become a well-loved standard. He worked in Montreal, where he worked as a consultant on aboriginal lore, then retired to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where his wife, Minnie Bell Sharp, had been born. He died in 1950.
C. Ted Behne's interest in Tappan Adney began when he attended a birchbark canoe-building class. Behne worked for nearly 30 years as a writer and editor. His articles on the birchbark canoe and Tappan Adney appeared in Native Peoples Magazine, Prairies North, and Wooden Boat Magazine. Behne passed away in 2014, just as Tappan Adney, Vol. 2 went to press.