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Bunny McBride

Carol Ann (Bunny) McBride born in Washington, DC, on 9 April 1950, is the daughter of retired CBS Executive and NBC anchor Robert J. McBride and Cynthia Martin. Having majored in art and English literature at Michigan State University (BA 1972), Bunny continued her graduate studies in art (painting and sculpture) at Boston University, and completed a Masters in cultural anthropology at Columbia University (1980).

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she regularly published her poetry and essays in the Christian Science Monitor, and reported on her travels in China, West Africa, East Africa, and northern Europe. Her articles appeared in various US newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, International Wildlife, Travel & Leisure, Sierra, Yankee Magazine, Downeast, and Reader's Digest. From 1981 onwards, she was also actively involved in oral history and community development projects with Micmac Indians in Maine.

An award-winning author, Bunny has taught ethnographic writing and organized creative writing workshops. In 1999, she received an official commendation from the Maine State Legislature in recognition of the "tremendous contribution" made in her writings about Maine Indian women, in particular Penobscot dancer Molly Spotted Elk. The Maine Historical Society selected this acclaimed biography as one of the one hundred most "notable" books written in or about Maine (2000).

A frequent visiting professor in cultural anthropology at Principia College, Elsah, Illinois (1981-1992) and the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies, Portland, Maine (1995), Bunny has curated several museum exhibits in Maine. She serves on a number of boards, including the Women’s World Summit Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland (2003- ). An adjunct lecturer of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, she now lives in the Flint Hills of Kansas with her husband, Dutch anthropologist Harald E.L. Prins. They are completing a co-authored study on the indigenous cultural history of Mount Desert Island, and an historical biography of John Johnson, an adventurous drifter and showman in 19th-century New England.

Selected Publications

  • "Senegal’s Door of No Return." Pp.190-93. In Destinations: Uncommon Trips, Treks and Voyages. (S. Thomas, ed.) The Christian Science Monitor, 1989.
  • Our Lives in Our Hands: Micmac Indian Basketmakers. Nimbus Publishing & Tilbury House, 1990.
  • Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris. U Oklahoma Press, 1995.
  • National Audubon Society Guide to African Wildlife. (with Peter Alden et al). Knopf, 1995.
  • "Walking the Medicine Line: Molly Ockett, a Pigwacket Doctor." (with H.E.L. Prins). Pp.321-47. In Northeastern Indian Lives. (R. Grumet, ed.) U Massachusetts Press, 1996.
  • "The Spider and the WASP." Pp.407-430. In Reading Beyond Words: Context for Native History. (J.S.H. Brown and E. Vibert, eds.) Broadview Press, 1996; 2nd edition, 2003.
  • Women of the Dawn. (U Nebraska Press, 1999) ♣Friends of American Writers Literary Award, 2000
  • "Lucy Nicolar: The Artful Activision of a Penobscot Performer." Pp.141-59. In Native Women’s Lives. (T. Perdue, ed.) Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge. (with W. Haviland et al) Wadsworth, 2005.
  • "Princess Watahwaso: Bright Star of the Penobscot." Pp.87-132. In Of Place and Gender: Women in Maine History. (M.F. Weiner, ed.). U Maine Press, 2005.
  • Essence of Anthropology. (with W. Haviland et al) Wadsworth, 2006.
  • Asticou's Island Domain: A Cultural History of Wabanaki Peoples at Mount Desert Island, 1600-2000. (with H.E.L. Prins) Washington DC: National Park Service, US Dept. of the Interior, 2007. See http://www.nps.gov/acad/historyculture/ethnography.htm

Sources

  • The Mirror of Maine: One Hundred Distinguished Books that Reveal the History of the State and the Life of its People. (F.F. Sprague, ed.) U Maine Press and the Baxter Society, 2000.
  • Contemporary American Authors. (2005)
  • Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian (12th Edition, 2006)
  • Edgar A. Beem, "Hunting and Gathering: Writer Bunny McBride Helps Maine's Native American Women Unearth Their Lost History." Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (June 3, 2001)

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