A 21-foot-tall sculpture honors the tribes that hunted swordfish in the Gulf of Maine

A 21-foot-tall swordfish sculpture now stands on the shore of North Haven Island, its long, pointed beak pointing skyward as Penobscot Bay glitters beyond.

Designed by Camden artist duo Billy Sims and Ann McClellan and woven from willow by volunteers and local students, the new artwork is a striking tribute to the Wabanaki people who hunted swordfish off the island some 5,000 years ago.

The sculpture was recently erected on Turner Farm, the site of archaeological excavations in the 1970s that revealed the ancient history of the Aboriginal people who once lived there.

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