Lincolnville-born naturalist, historian and writer Kerry Hardy will speak on “Maine’s Red Paint People and Their Natural World” Wednesday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive.

Hardy’s illustrated talk will take attendees back some 5,000 years into the mysterious life and culture of some of coastal Maine’s earliest inhabitants. Aerial photographs and maps will reinforce Hardy’s “focused musings” about the plants and animals on which the pre-Columbian peoples relied.

Little is known about the Red Paint People — so called for the buried caches of red ochre they left behind. Tools, gravesites and other evidence of their existence has been found along the New England coast and into the Maritimes, with locations in Maine from the Androscoggin River to Mount Desert Island.

Hardy is well known for his writings about Maine’s Native peoples, including the recently published book “Notes on a Lost Flute.”

The program is free, but advance registration is required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@pbmc.org.