Contributed by Abbe Museum
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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.
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
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Abenaki Indians
- Carving (Decorative arts)
- Indians of North America--Maine--Penobscot Indians
- Orono, Joseph
- Penobscot Indians
- Powder flasks
For more information about this item, contact:Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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