Preliminary Reading List 2019



Required books to purchase in advance

Cost, if new


Thomas Dresser, The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition (Charlestown, SC: The History Press, 2011)
A concise overview of Wampanoag history that is focused on Martha’s Vineyard but it is useful for understanding Mashpee as well.



William Simmons, Spirit of the New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore, 1620-1984 (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1986).
This is an important collection of folk lore and oral tradition.  Be wary of taking Simmons’ editorial comments at face value!




Neal Salisbury, ed., The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (Bedford)
A critical edition of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative with a introduction by Neal Salisbury.








Colin G. Calloway, First Peoples: A Documentary History (Bedford)
A well-organized textbook that offers an overview of Native American histories from before colonization to the present; clear prose, helpful maps and illustrations; and an excellent choice of primary source documents with a helpful introduction to each by Calloway.
*Note: The current 5th editions is about $70 but you can find used and older editions for less and they are still useful as a reference.



Paula Peters, Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice (SmokeSygnals). A 40 year retrospective of an event that occurred in the summer of 1976 when a group including traditional Mashpee Wampanoag drummers were raided and arrested. This book is a companion to a film documentary that we will view and discuss with the filmmaker.


Assigned Readings

Bingham, Amelia. Mashpee, 1870-1970. Mashpee, MA.: Mashpee Centennial Committee. 1970.

Blancke, Shirley and Cjigkitoonuppa John Peters Slow Turtle, “The Teaching of the Past of the Native Peoples of North America in U.S. Schools,” Chapter 10 of The Excluded Past: Archaeology in Education, editors Peter Stone and Robert MacKenzie.  Abingdon, England: Routledge, rev. ed. 2004, pp. 109-133.

Brave Heart, M. Y. H., “Wakiksuyapi: Carrying the Historical Trauma of the Lakota,” Tulane Studies in Social Welfare (2000): 245-266.

Brooks, Lisa. The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. (excerpts)

Brooks, Lisa T. Ch. 1, Ch. 7 from Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018).

Brown-Pérez, Kathleen. “A Right Delayed: The Brothertown Indian Nation’s Story of Surviving the Federal Recognition Process.” Pp. 237-261 in Amy E. Den Ouden and Jean M. O’Brien, editors. Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Bruchac, Margaret M. Ch. 6 from Savage Kin: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018).

Burgess, Edward S. The Old South Road of Gay Head. Edgartown, MA: [Dukes County Historical Society], 1926.  Dukes County Historical Society Publications, vol. 1, no. 4.

Clifford, James. “Identity in Mashpee.” pp. 277-346 in The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth- Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Coombs, Linda. "Holistic History: Including the Wampanoag," Plimoth Life 1:2 (2002): 12-15.  

d’Errico, Peter. “Native Americans in America: A Theoretical And Historical Overview," Wicazo Sa Review, Spring 1999, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 7-28. [University of Minnesota Press]. Reprinted in American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present, Frederick E. Hoxie, Peter C. Mancall, and James H. Merrell, editors (New York: Routledge, 2001), chapter 23, pp. 481-499.

Dorris, Michael. “Indians on the Shelf.” pp. 98-105 in Calvin Martin, ed., The American Indian and the Problem of History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Elvin, Alex. “At Gay Head Cliffs: Ancient Glacial Story Retold,” The Vineyard Gazette, 6/4/15

Fermino, Jessie Little Doe. "You are a Dead People." In Cultural Survival Quarterly 25.2 (Summer 2001) Endangered Languages, Endangered Lives . <>

Gould, D. Rae. “Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The Search for Real Indians in New England in the “Historical” Period.” Pp. 241-266 in The Death of “Prehistory.” ed. by Peter Schmidt and Stephen Mrozowski. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Gunn, Steven J. “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at Twenty: Reaching the Limits of Our National Consensus.” William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2009-10, pp. 503-532.

Landis, Barbara. “The Names." Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Indigenous Histories, Memories and Reclamations. Ed. Jacqueline Fear-Segal and Susan D. Rose. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2016. 88-105.

Lonetree, Amy. “The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways: Decolonization, Truth Telling, and Addressing Historical Unresolved Grief,” Chapter 4 (pp. 123-167) in Lonetree, Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native American in National and Tribal Museums (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Miller, Robert J. “The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny, and American Indians,” Chapter 6 of Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians, edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, et al.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Mitchell, Sherri L. “Grief, Trauma, and Intimacy,” Ch. 5 in Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2018).

Nash, Alice, “Still Pequot After All These Years,” *Common‑place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life* 1:1 (September 2000): http://www.common‑‑01/no‑01/lessons/

O’Brien, Jean M. Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Ch. 5.

Peters, Paula. Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice. Mashpee, MA: SmokeSygnals, 2016.

Plane, Anne Marie. “The Examination of Sarah Ahhaton: The Politics of ‘Adultery’ in an Indian Town of 17th Century Massachusetts.” In Algonkians of New England, Past and Present. Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folk Life, pp. 14-25, 1993

Pruden, Harlan, Two Spirit Resource Directory.

Senier, Siobhan. Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing From New England. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

Tantaquidgeon, Gladys. “Notes on the Gay Head Indians of Massachusetts,” Indian Notes 7, no. 1 (1930): 1-26.