Commoners, Tribute and Chiefs: The Development of Algonquian Culture in the Potomac Valley

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When Captain John Smith explored the Potomac River in 1608, it was a frontier between two of the most politically complex Indian cultures in the Middle Atlantic region—the Conoy chiefdom of southern Maryland and the Powhatan chiefdom of eastern Virginia. Some of these diverse Algonquian-speaking peoples acknowledged the overlordship of the Piscataways, the largest group of the Conoys, others acknowledged the authority of the paramount chief Powhatan, and still others, like the Patawomekes, acknowledged no ruler ...
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When Captain John Smith explored the Potomac River in 1608, it was a frontier between two of the most politically complex Indian cultures in the Middle Atlantic region—the Conoy chiefdom of southern Maryland and the Powhatan chiefdom of eastern Virginia. Some of these diverse Algonquian-speaking peoples acknowledged the overlordship of the Piscataways, the largest group of the Conoys, others acknowledged the authority of the paramount chief Powhatan, and still others, like the Patawomekes, acknowledged no ruler greater than their own. The rise and fall of these polities is the subject of "Commoners, Tribute, and Chiefs." Using an innovative combination of archaeology, anthropology, and ethno-history, Stephen Potter traces the rise of one Indian group, the Chicacoans, whose domain on the south shore of the Potomac straddled the boundary between the Powhatans and the Conoys....His fascinating narrative succeeds both as a detailed archaeological and ethnohistorical study of the Chicacoans and as a comprehensive interpretation of Algonquian culture.
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Using a combination of archaeology, anthropology, and ethnohistory, Potter traces the rise of the Chicacoans, whose domain on the south shore of the Potomac straddled the boundary between the Powhatans and the Conoys. By presenting a case study of the Chicacoans from A.D. 200 to the early 17th century, Potter explicates the development of Algonquian culture in the Chesapeake, and illuminates responses of its constituent societies to the invading Europeans. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813914220
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Algonquian Country on the Great River, 1608 7
Ch. 2 The Chicacoan Locality 48
Ch. 3 The Late Prehistory of the Lower Potomac River Basin 103
Ch. 4 "Ye King of Patomeck": The Rise of Complex Societies 149
Ch. 5 The Clash of Cultures 174
Epilogue 224
References Cited 233
Index 261
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