Chief Joseph Orono powder horn, ca. 1780

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This powder horn is reported to have been owned by Penobscot Chief Joseph Orono (1688-1801). On close inspection of the horn two of the many images that it is possible to see are a man holding a musket and a square-rigged three-masted ship.

Chief Orono’s nickname, K’tolaqu, translates to “Big Ship.” He was given this nickname as a result of the many tales he told of the big ships he saw during a trip to Boston in 1780 to offer Penobscot aid to the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

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About This Item

  • Title: Chief Joseph Orono powder horn, ca. 1780
  • Creator: Joseph Orono
  • Creation Date: circa 1780
  • Subject Date: circa 1780
  • Location: Indian Island, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Cow horn, wood
  • Dimensions: 15.25 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm
  • Local Code: 2044
  • Collection: Fanny Hardy Eckstorm Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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