Spirit of the New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore, 1620-1984

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UPNE, 1986 - History - 331 pages
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Spanning three centuries, this collection traces the historical evolution of legends, folktales, and traditions of four major native American groups from their earliest encounters with European settlers to the present. The book is based on some 240 folklore texts gathered from early colonial writings, newspapers, magazines, diaries, local histories, anthropology and folklore publications, a variety of unpublished manuscript sources, and field research with living Indians.
 

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The impact of history upon the folklore of three southern New England tribes is ably demonstrated in this comprehensive collection of folklore narratives of the Mohegan, Narragansett, and Wampanoag ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
From the Past to the Present
10
Worldview
37
The First Europeans
65
Christianity
73
Shamans and Witches
91
Ghosts and the Devil
118
Treasures
162
Little People
235
Dreams and Shrines
247
There is a Stream That Issues
257
APPENDIX
271
NOTES
287
BIBLIOGRAPHY
301
INDEX OF FOLKLORE MOTIFS
319
GENERAL INDEX
325

Maushop and Squant
172

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WILLIAM S. SIMMONS is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His other books include Cautantowwit's House (1970), Eyes of the Night: Witchcraft Among a Senegalese People (1971), and Old Light on Separate Ways: The Narragansett Diary of Joseph Fish (1982).

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