Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650

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University of Oklahoma Press, Mar 1, 1999 - History - 328 pages

In this first comprehensive study of American Indians of southern New England from 1500 to 1650, Kathleen J. Bragdon discusses common features and significant differences among the Pawtucket, Massachusett, Nipmuck, Pocumtuck, Narragansett, Pokanoket, Niantic, Mohegan, and Pequot Indians. Her complex portrait, which employs both the perspective of European observers and important new evidence from archaeology and linguistics, shows that internally developed customs and values were primary determinants in the development of Native culture.

 

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Contents

A Tripartite Settlement Model
55
Work Gender Time
102
Metaphors and Models of Livelihood
130
The Sachemship and Its Defenders
140
Kinship As Ideology
156
Social Relations and Gender Differences
169
Cosmology
184
Religious Specialists Among the Ninnimissinuok
200
Ritual
217
Conclusions
231
Notes
249
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Kathleen J. Bragdon is Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the author of Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650 , winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

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