Native Americans in New England
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My ancestors came to what is now New England in the 1630's. My Mom grew up in Boston, and when I was growing up I spent all my summers at my grandparents' home in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Now I live in NY State near the MA border and the Berkshires.
I am interested in finding books about Native Americans in New England from the early 1600's onward. Any suggestions?
An interesting book, mostly natural history in the Littleon, Mass area has some references to native Americans: Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years by John Hanson Mitchell. this includes some Native Americans who still live there.
There was a Mashpee Indian who used to help out my great aunt who lived on Cape Cod. I put in Touchstones to see what would come up. My great aunt lived int he Town of Barnstable. She used the Cotuit post office, but after her death, her son switched to the Marstons Mills post office. This is between Falmouth and Hyannis.
Also, both the Deerfield and Plymouth historical sites have a lot of information on Native Americans, and will sell you more books than you can ever read. The Unredeemed Captive by John Putnam Demos isn't a bad place to start for white/native American relationships.
I have The New England Indians: an illustrated source book of authentic details about everyday Indian life by C. Keith Wilbur; also his The Woodland Indians: an illustrated account of the lifestyles of America's first inhabitants.
What kind of information are you looking for? and are you looking for information about native Americans in a certain part of New England?
As for the regions I'm interested in - Eastern Massachusetts, and the New Hampshire coastal area as well as the Berkshires. Plus general Native American lifeways info for the Northeast Woodlands peoples. Historical fiction can be enlightening, too.
Another interesting spot that you may not think of is the Montreal Botanical Gardens. They have a First Nations Garden that has a small shop in the middle with an extensive book selection and a fair number of native crafts. Of course, Native American culture crossed colonial borders, and all the Eastern Woodland tribes had some considerable overlap and interaction.
>8 KatsBooks: I'll list the references "The Maine Book" lists when I get a minute (my downstairs is being torn up at the moment to put in oak flooring so I'm rather distracted at the moment..."
I have Philbrick's The Mayflower on audio CDs, if you would like it. It's abridged but it's well done and gives one a good place to start. Much of his information comes from William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation which I recently read again. If you want to leave your name and address on my profile page, I'd be happy to send it to you (I have the book also, so I'm not reluctant to part with the CDs:-).
In Rhode Island, there should be books on the King Philip's War (Touchstone found one). Maybe the Narragansett Indians have a book (Touchstone comes up with a Narragansett marathoner).
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(and for a librarian, it's not a very detailed bibliography; I've included his notes)
Williamson's History of Maine ("much authentic information about history, dress, habits and political customs")
Sylvester's Indian Wars of New England. Three volumes.
Varney's Brief History of Maine; ("good account of customs, dress, etc., of aborigines.")
John Josselyn's Two Voyages of New England amd New England Rarities Discovered ("contemporary writer, gives considerable information about Indians of southwestern Maine.")
Leland's Algonquin Legends of New England ("gives much Passamaquoddy, Micmac and a little Penobscot Indian folk-lore.")
Miss Abby Alger's "In Indian Tents" ("continues Leland's work, principally Penobscot.")
Necolar's The Red Man ("printed not published, Bangor, 1893. an Indian's own account of his traditions and beliefs.")
Hubbard's Woods and Lakes of Maine "appendix, gives many place names with meanings."
William F. Ganong, "the greatest authority on Indian place names, has published many pamphlets in Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada; Maine place names are included among others."
Reports of Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Journal of American Folk Lore
Publications of the Maine Historical Society
Chamberlain's Maliseet Vocabulary and Joseph Laurent's New Familiar Abenakis and English Dialogues, with Rale's Indian Dictionary.
(such as it is. I'm giving up on touchstones.)
I just started reading A Son of the Forest by William Apess, a Pequot who published most of his writings in the 1830s. (Astonishingly, the touchstone points to the right edition.) Apess was a Methodist missionary and a rather combative Indian-rights agitator -- quite an interesting guy. I'm not far enough along to give an unqualified recommendation, but it looks like the type of thing you're looking for.