Reading List


(as of 11/06/14)

Purchase and read in advance of your arrival:

  • Salisbury, Neal, editor.  The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, by Mary Rowlandson, with Related Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 1997.  This small volume contains a scholarly introduction, the narrative, and an appendix with primary documents.  Under $20, depending on where you buy it.

Browse for at least one week before your arrival:

  • Indian Today, an online newspaper <>. Make note ofstories about New England communities.

 Recommended for reference:

  • Calloway, Colin G. First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History, 4th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. This college textbook provides a readable historical narrative plus teaching aids such as maps, timelines, images, primary sources,  and a useful index.


Readings listed below will be sent to accepted Scholars on a flash drive and posted on the program Moodle page by April 2015.

The average daily reading will be about 50 pages.

Boissevain, Ethel.  1956. "The Detribalization of the Narragansett Indians: A Case Study."  Ethnohistory, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 225-245.

Bragdon, Kathleen J 1996. Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.  Ch. 1: “A Tripartate Settlement Model,” pp. 55-79.

Brooks, Lisa. 2008. The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.  Maps online at

Brown-Pérez, Kathleen. 2013. “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.

Bruchac, Margaret. 2005. “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. 

Campisi, Jack. 1993. The Mashpee Indians: Tribe on Trial.  Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.  Ch. 2: “Tribe on Trial,” pp. 9-58.

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

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

DeLucia, Christine. 2012. “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.

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

Fawcett, Melissa Jayne. 2000. Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon. Phoenix, AZ: University of Arizona Press, pp. 63-99.

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

Gould, D. Rae. 2013. “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.

Gunn, Steven J. 2009-10. “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, pp. 503-532.

Handsman, Russell. 2008. “Landscapes of Memory in Wampanoag Country - and the Monuments upon Them,” in Archaeologies of Placemaking: Monuments, Memories, and Engagement in Native North America, Pat Rubertone, ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, pp. 161-193.

Lester, Joan. 1994. "Art for Sale: Cultural and Economic Survival," in Laurie Weinstein, ed.,Enduring Traditions: The Native Peoples of New England (Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey), pp. 151-167.

McMullen, Ann. 1994. “What’s Wrong with This Picture? Context, Conversion, Survival and the Development of Regional Cultures in Southeastern New England.” in Laurie Weinstein, ed. Enduring Traditions: The Native Peoples of New England. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey. 

Nanepashemet. 1993. “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. 

Nash, Alice. 2000. “Still Pequot After All These Years,” *Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life* 1:1 (September 2000): 

Nash, Alice. 2007. “‘La vie des chrétiens’: Abenaki Catholicism in the late Seventeenth Century”. Pp. 47-71 in Claude Gélinas and Guillaume Teasdale, eds., Les systèmes religieux amérindiens et inuit : Perspectives historiques et contemporaines. Quebec: In Situ Press / Paris : L’Harmattan.

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

Rowlandson, Mary. 1997 [1682].  The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, by Mary Rowlandson, with Related Documents, ed. Neal Salisbury. New York: Bedford/St. Martins. 

Salisbury, Neal. 1993. “Indians and Colonists in Southern New England after the Pequot War: An Uneasy Balance." in Laurence M. Hauptman & James D. Wherry (eds.). The Pequots in Southern New England: The Fall and Rise of an American Indian Nation. (The Civilization of the American Indian Series No. 198). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 81-95.

Salisbury, Neal. 1997. “Introduction.” In Neal Salisbury, ed., The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, by Mary Rowlandson, with Related Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martins. 

Salisbury, Neal. [2014.] "Atlantic Northeast." In Frederick E. Hoxie, editor, The Oxford Companion to American Indian History. New York: Oxford University Press.

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

Silverman, David J. “Indians, Missionaries, and Religious Translation:  Creating Wampanoag Christianity in Seventeenth-Century Martha’s Vineyard.”  William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 62 (2005):  141-75. 

Speck, Frank. 1943. “Reflections Upon the Past and Present of the Massachusetts Indians.” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 33-38.

Welburn, Ron. 2002.  "A Most Secret Identity: Native American Assimilation and Identity Resistance in African America," in James F. Brooks, James, ed., Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 292-320.

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