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The “sleeping giant” view of Mount Katahdin

[Ktotonuk] in Passamaquoddy, meaning highest land

 

K'taadn - this 19th century spelling is preferred by many Penobscots today

 
<i>The "sleeping giant" view of</i> Mount Katahdin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
1. The "sleeping giant" view of Mount Katahdin Marker
Inscription.  

For many Wabanaki people, Mount K'taadn (Ktotonuk) is a profoundly spiritual place. From around the campfire, you might hear tales of Pamola and Glooskap. Some folks imagine that Katahdin's ridges form the shape of a resting giant. (Hint: His feet lie to the right or Northeast.)

In Wabanaki mythology, Pamola [Pomule] is a mysterious winged spirit - part bird, part man - who inhabits Katahdin. Tales say he made the night wind blow by flapping his wings. When irritated, Pamola made violent wind and snow storms. Pamola might appear suddenly with a whirring or whizzing sound, traveling quickly from Katahdin's summit.

The legendary Storm-bird Pamola
Penobscot Andrew Dana recalls, "Those who used to see Pamola perceived him as almost resembling a man...," with a narrow face and a slender body, his body being perhaps the width of two hands. "His legs and arms, and his wings all were as though they were attached together at a single point... He was not vulnerable to the shot of an arrow even if he could have been hit."
[Image] Pamola as imagined by David Moses Bridges,

<i>The "sleeping giant" view of</i> Mount Katahdin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
2. The "sleeping giant" view of Mount Katahdin Marker
traditional Passamaquoddy Birchbark artist

In the view stretching before you passes an ancient Indian Carry Trail, a 3-mile portage from Baskahegan Stream to Grand Lake used for thousands of years. This "carry" or portage is part of The Maliseet Trail, a Wabanaki canoe route from the ocean and the Penobscot to the St. John and St. Croix rivers. Travelers would portage canoes and gear the 3 miles from Cleaves Landing on Baskahegan Stream to Davenport Cove on East Grand Lake (called Kioxakck in the 1798 map at left). The Maliseet Trail was used for trapping, trading, and as a link between Wabanaki tribes (Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac or Mi'kmaq and Maliseet).

[Three left images, from top, read]
Lightweight birch bark canoes made portages like this one possible

In 1798, Passamaquoddy Chief Francis Joseph Neptune drew this map of the Maliseet Trail

Joseph Treat, guided by Penobscot John Neptune, drew map of this Carry in 1820

Today, canoe sleuth's efforts retrace "lost" Maliseet Trail
A group of dedicated enthusiasts from both Canada and the U.S. are working to retrace this canoe route used for thousands of years by the Wabanaki peoples. Investigating old local maps, land surveys, oral histories, as well as on-the-ground exploration, canoe sleuths are hot on the

<i>The "sleeping giant" view of</i> Mount Katahdin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
3. The "sleeping giant" view of Mount Katahdin Marker
Third marker from left
trail of the authentic historic route.

To learn more, visit: MaliseetTrail.com

1836 Maine's First Geologist explored and surveyed this route
The State commissioned Geologist Charles T. Jackson to explore and inventory its public lands in 1836. Beyond Danforth, their wagons struggled over rugged terrain to reach Houlton. The expedition's artist recorded this view (at left). This artwork shows how much of the forest has been logged. Can you spot where only stumps remain in newly cleared fields?

Old Sam Cleaves (right, 1795-1872) Born in Wales, he settled near Baskahegan Stream in 1827. He left Weston during the Gold Rush to seek his fortune in California but returned to Maine. Cleaves Landing is named after this early settler.

fun fact
Despite the stern face we see in this photo
[near marker bottom right], early settler and patriarch Sam Cleaves married three times!

Samuel Cleaves' ingot scales, brought back from California's Gold Rush (1849-1855)
 
Erected by Million Dollar View Scenic Byway.
 
Location. 45° 41.588′ N, 67° 51.733′ W. Marker is in Weston, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is on U.S. 1 0.3 miles north of Cropley Road, on the left when

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traveling north. Marker is at the scenic Katahdin View roadside turnout. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 341 US Hwy 1, Danforth ME 04424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weston & Danforth's architecture (a few steps from this marker); Rivers & Streams: Ancient Highways of the Wabanaki (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Million Dollar View Scenic Byway (a few steps from this marker); Town of Weston Honor Roll (approx. 2.9 miles away); When trees were used for tanning (approx. 3.1 miles away); A rich fishing tradition continues year-round (approx. 3.1 miles away); Chiputneticook Chain of Lakes (approx. 3.1 miles away); Orient Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Baxter State Park, Maine. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wabanaki Life Thousands of Years Ago. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Wabanaki Tribes. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Wabanaki Collection. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Million Dollar View Scenic Byway
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. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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