Lisa Brooks (Abenaki) is Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College.
Author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and numerous articles and essays. Current book project: Turning the Looking Glass on King Philip’s War.
Attorney for the Brothertown Indian Nation; author of “The Brothertown Indian Nation: Samson Occom’s Tribe from Formation to the Quest for Federal Re-Acknowledgment,” in Amy E. Den Ouden and Jean M. O’Brien (eds.), Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), and other articles.
Editor of Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader in Decolonization (Left Coast Press, 2010); Articles include “Lost and Found: NAGPRA, Scattered Relics and Restorative Methodologies” Museum Anthropology (2010); “Abenaki Connections to 1704: The Sadoques Family and Deerfield, 2004,” in Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney (eds.), Captive Histories: Captivity Narratives, French Relations and Native Stories of the 1704 Deerfield Raid (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006); “Earthshapers and Placemakers: Algonkian Indian Stories and the Landscape,” in H. Martin Wobst and Claire Smith (eds.), Indigenous Archaeologies: Decolonizing Theory and Practice (Routledge Press. 2005).
Coombs has over 30 years of museum experience with the Boston Children’s Museum and with the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation. She is an acknowledged expert in the history, technology, and arts of her seventeenth century ancestors, noted especially for her bead work and skill in making traditional deerskin outfits, twined weaving, and woven bulrush and cattail mats. Coombs is a frequent consultant on scholarly and educational projects.
Author of Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England (University of Nebraska Press, 2005); and “Altered State? Policy Narratives, Recognition, and the ‘New’ War on Indians in Connecticut,” in Amy Den Ouden and Jean O’Brien (eds.), Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook (University of North Carolina Press, 2013).
Author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2012) and numerous articles. Current book project: “Dangerous Merchandize”: Indians, Africans, and the Making of Atlantic World Slavery.
Author of “The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity,” in Amy Den Ouden and Jean O’Brien (eds.), Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook (University of North Carolina Press, 2013); “Indigenous Archaeology and Being Indian in New England,” in George Nicholas (ed.), Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists (Left Coast Press), 2010.
Jessie Little Doe Baird (Mashpee Wampanoag) is Director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project.
John D. and Catherine MacArthur Fellow (2010); author of An Introduction to Wôpanâak Grammar (MIT Press, 2000); numerous workbooks and translations for Wôpanâak and Pequot language students. Current projects include The Wôpanâak Dictionary and Descriptive Grammar.
Author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790 (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010); co-editor of Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). Former president, Native American and Indigenous Association, American Society for Ethnohistory.
Author of American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (University of New Mexico Press, 1999); A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth- Century North America (Oxford University Press, 2004); editor of several influential volumes and author of several major articles. Current project: New England Native Americans in the 19th-century American Whaling Industry.
Co-author, with Evan Haefeli, of Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (University of Massachusetts Press, 2003); co-editor with Haefli of Captive Histories: English, French and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), and author of numerous articles on New England material culture.