Ranco speaks to Atlas Obscura about the Indigenous origins of Maine clam bakes

Darren Ranco, chair of Native American Programs and coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine, was interviewed by Atlas Obscura for an article about the Indigenous origins of the clam bake. “I think there is a popular conception that [clam bakes] are a European adoption of indigenous traditions, a tradition that, for coastal indigenous people, would have been part of a larger communal meal based on shellfish collecting, and cooking in a pit on the beach,” Ranco said.