Preliminary Reading List 2017


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Preliminary Reading List

Summer Scholars are required to purchase four books to serve as a core reference library. Other readings will be posted on a private moodle site and distributed beforehand on a flash drive. We will make use of our website, Teaching Native American Histories, which includes lesson plans developed by Summer Scholars in 2013 and 2015 as well as bibliographic information and links to a variety of primary and secondary sources that are available online.

Required books to purchase in advance

Cost, if new


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.



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.



Assigned Readings

Bingham, Amelia G. Mashpee, 1870-1970. Mashpee, Mass.: 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)

Ceci, Lynn. “Fish Fertilizer: A Native North American Practice?” Science, New Series, Vol. 188, No. 4183. (Apr. 4, 1975), pp. 26-30.

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 . <>

Lonetree, Amy. “The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways: Deconlonization, 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.

Nanepashemet. “It Smells Fishy to Me,” in Algonkians of New England, Past and Present. Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklore, pp. 42-50, 1993.

Nanepashemet, “An Act of Aggression,” n.p. (Plimoth Plantation Archives)

Nash, Alice. “‘La vie des chrétiens’: Abenaki Catholicism in the late Seventeenth Century”.  In Claude Gélinas and Guillaume Teasdale, eds., Les systèmes religieux amérindiens et inuit : Perspectives historiques et contemporaines.  Quebec: In Situ Press / Paris : L’Harmattan, 2007.

Nash, Alice. "Quanquan's Mortgage of 1663,” in Marla R. Miller, ed., Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts. University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.

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

Pruden, Harlan, Two Spirit Resource Directory.

Additional Sources

Adney, Edwin Tappan, and Howard I. Chapelle. The Bark Canoe and Skin Boats of North America. Museum of History and Technology. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. 1964.

Anderson, Virginia D. King Philip's Herds: Indians, Colonists, and the Problem of Livestock in Early New England. William and Mary Quarterly 51(4):601-24. 1994

Apess [Apes], William, edited by Barry O'Connell. On Our Own Ground: The Complete Writings of William Apess. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.

Arber, Edward.  The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers, 1606-1623 A.D.; As Told by Themselves, Their Friends, and Their Enemies. Edited from the Original Texts. London: Ward and Downey. 1897.

Attaquin, Helen A.A. A Brief History of Gay Head, or “Aquinuih”. No Place: Helen A.A. Attaquin. 1970.

Attaquin, Helen.  Wampanoag Cookery. American Science & Engineering; 1st edition (1974), 22 pgs.

Avant, Joan Tavares.  People of the First Light: Wisdoms of a Mashpee Wampanoag Elder. Mashpee, MA: Joan Avant Tavares, 2010. 92 pgs.

Avant, Joan Tavares.  Wampanoag Cooking: A Prelude to the soon-to-be published book Wampanoag Foods & Legends (North Falmouth: MA: Words Studio, 1993.  (juvenile)

Avant, Joan Tavares (Summer 2006). "Now, and Always, Wampanaog"Cultural Survival Quarterly 30 (2).

Baker, Brenda J. “Pilgrim's Progress and Praying Indians: The Biocultural Consequences of Contact in Southern New England.” Pp. 35-45 in In the Wake of Contact: Biological Responses to Conquest. New York: Wiley, 1994.

Banks, Charles, The History of Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts.  Boston: G.H. Dean, 1911. 

Vol. 1:

Vol. 2:

Benedict, Jeff, Without Reservation: The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods, the World's Largest Casino. New York : Perennial. 2001.

Benes, Peter, ed.  New England Prospect. Maps, Place Names and the Historical Landscape. Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. Boston, Mass.: Boston University, 1980.

Benes, Peter, ed. Algonkians of New England: Past and Present. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings 1991. Boston, Mass.: Boston University, 1991.

Bingham, Amelia G. Mashpee, 1870-1970. Mashpee, Mass.: Mashpee Centennial Committee. 1970.

Bruchac, Margaret. “Earthshakers and Placemakers: Algonkian Indian Stories and the Landscape.” Pp. 56-80 in H. Martin Wobst and Claire Smith, eds., Indigenous Archaeologies: Decolonizing Theory and Practice. London: Routledge Press, 2005.

Campisi, Jack. The Mashpee Indians: Tribe on Trial. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1991.

Conkey, Laura E., Ethel Boissevain, and Ives Goddard. "Indians of Southern New England and Long Island: Late Period." In Handbook of North American Indians. Edited by William C. Sturtevant et al. Vol. 15: Northeast, edited by Bruce G. Trigger. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1978

DeLucia, Christine. “The Memory Frontier: Uncommon Pursuits of Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip’s War.” Journal of American History, Vol. 98, No. 4, pp. 975-997, 2012.

Den Ouden, Amy. Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Ch. 2-3.

Echo-Hawk, Walter R. and Jack F. Trope. “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Background and Legislative History.” pp. 123-168 in Repatriation Reader: Who Owns Indian Remains?, ed. by Devon A. Mihesuah. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Gibson, S.G., ed. Burr's Hill, A 17th Century Wampanoag Burial Ground in Warren, Rhode Island.  Brown University, Rhode Island: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, 1980.

Goddard, Ives and Kathleen J. Bragdon, editors. “Introduction” to Native Writings in Massachusett. 2 vols. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1989.

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.

Handsman, Russell. “Landscapes of Memory in Wampanoag Country - and the Monuments upon Them,” in Archaeologies of Placemaking, Pat Rubertone, ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2008.

Jeffers, Joshua J. “Of Laws and Land: The Doctrine of Discovery in History and Historiography.” Maryland Historical Magazine: The Journal of the Maryland Historical Society, Vol. 108, No. 1 (2013): 91-115.

Lester, Joan. We’re Still Here: Art of Indian New England in the Children’s Museum Collection. Boston, MA: The Children’s Museum of Boston, 1987.

Nerbern, Kent.

Neither Wolf Nor Dorg

The Wolf At Twilight

The Girl Who Sang To The Buffalo

Plane, Ann Marie.  Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England. Cornell University Press, 2002.

Robinson, Barbara. Native American Sourcebook: A Teacher's Resource on New England Native Peoples. Concord Museum, MA. 1988. 238p.

Silverman, David. Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, 1600-1871. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005. 

Silverman, David J., "Indians, Missionaries, and Religious Translation: Creating Wampanoag Christianity in Seventeenth-Century Martha's Vineyard," The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr., 2005), pp. 141-174.

Sleeper-Smith, Susan, et al. (Juliana Barr, Jean M. O'Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens), editors. Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

O’Brien, Jean M. “Divorced” from the Land: Resistance and Survival of Indian Women in Eighteenth-Century New England. In After King Philip’s War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England, Colin G. Calloway, ed. Pp. 144-161. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997.

Salisbury, Neal. Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. Ch. 3.

Shatwell, Justin. “The Long-Dead Native Language Wopânâak is Revived.” In Yankee Magazine (November 2012). <<>>

Speck Frank. “Reflections Upon the Past and Present of the Massachusetts Indians.” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 4(3):33-38.

Weaver, Hilary N. "Indigenous Identity." American Indian Quarterly 25: 2 (Spring2001), 240-256.