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Red Ochre Culture (New England & Atlantic Canada)

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    Red Paint People (New England & Atlantic Canada)

    The “Red Paint People” (also known as the Moorehead Phase of the Laurentian Tradition or the Moorehead burial tradition) were a Maritime Archaic culture indigenous to what are now the New England and Atlantic Canadian regions. The peak of their culture was between 3000 BC and 1000 BC and they take their name from a highly distinctive burial tradition whereby large quantities of ochre (usually red) were used to cover interred human remains and accompanying grave goods.
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    The Swordfish Hunters (Red Paint People)

    Bruce Bourque is the Curator of Archaeology at the Maine State Museum:

    He is best known for his work at the Turner Farm site in Maine and is a leading authority on the "Red Paint People", who he calls the world's earliest hunter-gatherer swordfish hunting culture, a Late Archaic culture focused in the Kennebec and Penobscot River drainages in the state of Maine. He is the author of the recently published "The Swordfish Hunters. The History of an Ancient American Sea People"(2012) In this 4 part video, he discusses the book and the Red Paint People, whose unique artifacts and burial complexes distinguish them from their neighbors to the south and west.
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    The red ocher culture of the upper Great Lakes
    Posted by [gregszybala]

    Link to a pdf download of "The red ocher culture of the upper Great Lakes and adjacent areas" :

    Authored by Ritzenthaler and Quimby 1962
    Publisher: Chicago Natural History Museum
    I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.