Reinterpreting New England Indians And The Colonial Experience

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For the indigenous peoples of New England--the Abenaki, Mohegan, Mohican, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Pequot, Schaghticoke, Wampanoag, and other tribal nations--the colonial period has not yet ended. In light of the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to defend their resources, shape their futures, safeguard their health, and provide for their families, the academic study of history may seem to have limited relevance. Yet in a climate and society where Native rights are closely tied to ...

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For the indigenous peoples of New England--the Abenaki, Mohegan, Mohican, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Pequot, Schaghticoke, Wampanoag, and other tribal nations--the colonial period has not yet ended. In light of the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to defend their resources, shape their futures, safeguard their health, and provide for their families, the academic study of history may seem to have limited relevance. Yet in a climate and society where Native rights are closely tied to political status and ethnic identity, historical interpretation directly impacts those struggles.

Because colonialism entailed, indeed required, controlling how history is told, native and non-native scholars have tended to write parallel histories without examining points of intersection. Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience is the first volume specifically designed to examine the intersection, overlapping, and conflict between the scholar’s past and the native present in New England. The chapters include work by younger as well as established scholars, work by natives and non-natives, and collaborative efforts by Indian and non-Indian scholars. Collectively, the essays suggest some of the new directions scholars are pursuing, as well as some ways of thinking about history that are new to academia but very old in native communities. The authors peer beneath the surface history of events to understand how non-Indian peoples projected and perpetuated colonialism and how Indian peoples in southern New England experienced and responded to it. Although differences in emphasis and interpretation will continue to characterize their scholarship, the authors transform our sense of the New England past, as lived and as written about, and the ways it continues to shape the present.

Distributed for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts

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Editorial Reviews

American Indian Quarterly

Calloway, Salisbury, and the many other scholars that contributed to the creation of Reinterpreting New England Indians have provided an excellent collection of essays that address a variety of Native American topics, which any historian should find useful. American Indian scholars themselves will find the collection particularly intriguing, considering its breadth of analysis, exploration, objectivity, and willingness to approach a classic problem with new eyes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979466250
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin G. Calloway is Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His many books include One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark, winner of six "best book" awards. Neal Salisbury, Barbara Richmond Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences (History) at Smith College, is the author of numerous books, including Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500–1643.

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