Politics of the Archives Redux: Indigenous History of Indigenous Peoples of Essex County, Massachusetts

This essay is about attributions of ethnic identity in the Indigenous history of Essex County, Massachusetts. Will Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars be able to retell Indigenous history as it was real?… Continue reading Politics of the Archives Redux: Indigenous History of Indigenous Peoples of Essex County, Massachusetts

The Great Dying 1616-1619, “By God’s visitation, a wonderful plague”

An estimated 18,000,000 Native Americans lived in North America before the 17th Century. The arrival of 102 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620 and the settlements by the Puritans a decade later were accompanied by the demise of the native population of North America.… Continue reading The Great Dying 1616-1619, “By God’s visitation, a wonderful plague”

The Tragedy of the Wilderness: The Colonists and Indian Land, Part 4

by Mary Ellen Lepionka. Featured image: North Conway, 1907. The White Mountain National Forest was established in 1918. In New England townships, common lands became increasingly smaller with each subdivision through distribution, sale, or inheritance. As commons shrank, conflicts over herding grew. The number and sizes of herds had to be regulated, as some settlers… Continue reading The Tragedy of the Wilderness: The Colonists and Indian Land, Part 4

Native American Influence on English Fashions

In contact situations in the early 17th century, Europeans were quick to grasp the essential humanity of Native Americans and admired their appearance and physical fitness. Soon, upper-class English wore American feathers and furs, Native Americans prized English woven fabrics and garments, especially tailored shirts. … Continue reading Native American Influence on English Fashions

Resources for local Native American history and dialects

(The following information is provided by Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester. Read: Who Were the Agawam Indians Really? Mary Ellen Lepionka’s Sources Sources for Algonquian place names include Other sources of information about place names: Henry Rowe Schoolcraft set forth his linguistic theories in his 1839 Algic Researches.The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs published his… Continue reading Resources for local Native American history and dialects