Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York

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Council Oak Books, 2002 - Social Science - 490 pages
When Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed into the New York Harbor in 1524, he climbed a hill and beheld "campfires as plentiful as stars, as far as the eye can see." Native New Yorkers reveals the city beneath The City, telling the fascinating story of the ancient Algonquin culture that maintained a thriving civilization in the greater New York area that is now a bustling metropolis. This book draws on a wide range of historical sources as well as extensive interviews with living Algonquin elders; exhaustively traces ancient trails, villages, burial grounds, and sacred sites and is supplemented with maps, a timeline of New York's Algonquin history, a glossary of Algonquin words, and a transcript of Giovanni da Verrazzano's letter to King Francis I of France describing his first glimpses of people of New York in 1524.
 

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An author of Micmac descent who is currently professor of Native American history at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Pritchard has produced what is ostensibly a scholarly monograph on the history ... Read full review

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Poor scholarship, a total lack of understanding of Northeastern native societies, and utter ignorance of the grammar of Algonquian languages... this book is an insult to the indigenous peoples of the Hudson Valley and region around.

Contents

PART I THE NATIVES OF NEW YORK CITY
15
How GREEN WAS MANHATTAN
35
A PARADISE FOR THE LIVING
51
A WALK AROUND OLD MANHATTAN
67
EXPLORING THE ANCIENT CITY The Bronx Brooklyn Queens and Staten Island
95
VERRAZZANO AND HIS LEGACY
115
WE BELONG TO THE EARTH
133
THE TWOCOLORED SNAKE A History of the Dutch Occupation of New York
155
NATIVE NEW YORKERS OF THE NORTH THE MOHICAN Dutchess Columbia Rensselaer Washington Saratoga Schenectady Albany and Greene...
273
PART III LONG ISLAND LONG AGO
305
THE THIRTEEN TRIBES OF LONG ISLAND
319
CONCLUSION
343
EPILOGUE
369
MUNSEE VOCABULARY
383
TWELVE LEVELS OF ALGONQUIN HISTORY IN NEW YORK STATE
391
THE VERRAZZANO DIARY LETTER TO FRANCIS I OF FRANCE
394

THE WORLD OF THE LENAPE
173
SWEET AND FULL OF MEANING The Languages of Manhattan
189
PART II THE LEGENDARY HUDSON VALLEY
215
THE HEAD OF THE WOLF Orange and Ulster Counties
229
A WALK DOWN THE MINISINK TRAIL
243
NATIVE NEW YORKERS OF STONY COUNTRY Rockland County
263
TIME LINE OF LENAPE HISTORY
415
NOTES
432
BIBLIOGRAPHY
471
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
478
INDEX
480
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About the author (2002)

Evan T. Pritchard is a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of the Center for Algonquin Culture. He is currently professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. He is the author of Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York and No Word for Time: The Way of the Algonquin People, among others.

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