Northeastern Indian Lives, 1632-1816

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This collection of fifteen essays examines the lives of important but relatively unknown Native Americans. The chapters explore the complexities of Indian-colonial relations from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries, from Maine to the Ohio Valley. The volume is interdisciplinary, drawing on the methods and insights of social history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and the study of material culture.
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Intended for upper level undergraduates in political science and history, this text takes as its leitmotif the efforts of successive leaderships to harmonize elements of traditional indigenous culture with formulas for industrialization and modernization that originally evolved in the West. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558490017
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/1996
  • Series: Native Americans of the Northeast Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 905,821
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Lost Opportunities: Miantonomi and the English in Seventeenth-Century Narragansett Country 13
Ch. 2 Uncas and the Politics of Contact 29
Ch. 3 Wyandanch: Sachem of the Montauks 48
Ch. 4 The Legacy of Robin Cassacinamon: Mashantucket Pequot Leadership in the Historic Period 74
Ch. 5 Chief Rawandagon, Alias Robin Hood: Native "Lord of Misrule" in the Maine Wilderness 93
Ch. 6 Suscaneman and the Matinecock Lands, 1653-1703 116
Ch. 7 Putting a Face on Colonization: Factionalism and Gender Politics in the Life History of Awashunkes, the "Squaw Sachem" of Saconet 140
Ch. 8 "Standing by His Father": Thomas Waban of Natick, circa 1630-1722 166
Ch. 9 Daniel Spotso: A Sachem at Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, circa 1691-1741 193
Ch. 10 Theyanoguin 208
Ch. 11 Shickellamy, "A Person of Consequence" 227
Ch. 12 Moses (Tunda) Tatamy, Delaware Indian Diplomat 258
Ch. 13 Pisquetomen and Tamaqua: Mediating Peace in the Ohio Country 273
Ch. 14 Molly Brant: Her Domestic and Political Roles in Eighteenth-Century New York 295
Ch. 15 Walking the Medicine Line: Molly Ockett, a Pigwacket Doctor 321
References 349
Contributors 389
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