Northeastern Indian Lives, 1632-1816

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Robert Steven Grumet
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1996 - History - 393 pages
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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.

Few works have directed attention toward such lesser-known figures as Shickellamy, an Oneida diplomat; the Mohawk sachem Theyanoguin; Awashunkes, a Saconett sunksquaw; or Molly Ockett, a Pigwacket doctor. These individuals operated at the often dangerous and always uncertain interstices separating their world from that of the European settlers, as they worked for the security and survival of their peoples during the first centuries of contact. Their efforts helped shape events that determined the course of history in the colonial Northeast.


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This book was very detailed and gave a GREAT explanation of what the lives of Northeastern Indians were like! I enjoyed this book because it gave me, again, a good perspective on how things were for the Indians. I recommend this book if you are working on a history project and it's about Northeastern Indian Lives. This book was amazing, and I will defiantly read it again! 

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Lost Opportunities Miantonomi and the English in SeventeenthCentury Narragansett Country
Uncas and the Politics of Contact
Wyandanch Sachem of the Montauks
The Legacy of Robin Cassacinamon Mashantucket Pequot Leadership in the Historic Period
Chief Rawandagon Alias Robin Hood Native Lord of Misrule in the Maine Wilderness
Suscaneman and the Matinecock Lands 16531703
Putting a Face on Colonization Factionalism and Gender Politics in the Life History of Awasbunkes the Squaw Sachem of Saconet
Shickellamy A Person of Consequence
Moses Tunda Tatamy Delaware Indian Diplomat
Pisquetomen and Tamaqua Mediating Peace in the Ohio Country
Molly Brant Her Domestic and Political Roles in EighteenthCentury New York
Walking the Medicine Line Molly Ockett a Pigwacket Doctor

Standing by His Father Thomas Waban of Natick circa 16301722
Daniel Spotso A Sachem at Nantucket Island Massachusetts circa 16911741

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Page 20 - ... they could put of this small quantity, till ye inland people knew of it; and afterwards they could scarcely ever gett enough for them, for many years togeather.
Page 22 - Narragansetts, and used very pernicious arguments to move them thereunto: as that the English were strangers and began to overspread their country, and would deprive them thereof in time, if they were suffered to grow and increase...

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About the author (1996)

Robert S. Grumet is a staff member of the National Park Service's North-east Field Office in Philadelphia. His most recent publication is Historic Contact: Indians and Colonists in Today's Northeastern United States in the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries.

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