Eastern Shore Indians of Virginia and Maryland

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University Press of Virginia, 1997 - History - 329 pages
Mixing chronological narrative with a full ecological portrait, anthropologists Helen C. Rountree and Thomas E. Davidson have reconstructed the culture and history of Virginia's and Maryland's Eastern Shore Indians from A.D. 800 until the last tribes disbanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
In Eastern Shore Indians of Virginia and Maryland, the reader learns not only the characteristics and traditions of each tribe but also the plants and animals that were native to each ecozone and were essential components of the Indians' habitat and diet. Rountree and Davidson convincingly demonstrate how these geographical and ecological differences translated into cultural differences among the tribes and shaped their everyday lives.
Making use of exceptional primary documents, including county records dating as far back as 1632, Rountree and Davidson have produced a thorough and fascinating glimpse of the lives of Eastern Shore Indians that will enlighten general readers and scholars alike.

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About the author (1997)

Helen C. Rountree, Professor of Anthropology at Old Dominion University, is the author of Pocahontas’s People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia through Four Centuries and the editor of Powhatan Foreign Relations, 1500–1722 (Virginia). Thomas E. Davidson is Chief Curator, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

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