By Craig N. Cipolla
Covering the eighteenth century to the current, the e-book explores the emergence of the Brothertown Indians, a "new" group of local peoples shaped in direct reaction to colonialism and guided by means of the imaginative and prescient of Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and ordained Presbyterian minister. Breaking clear of their domestic settlements of coastal New England through the past due eighteenth century, individuals of varied tribes migrated to Oneida state in relevant manhattan country in hopes of escaping East Coast land politics and the corrupting impacts of colonial tradition. within the 19th century, the hot neighborhood relocated once more, this time to present-day Wisconsin, the place the Brothertown Indian country continues to be based today.
Cipolla combines old archaeology, headstone stories, and discourse research to inform the tale of the Brothertown Indians. The publication develops a realistic method of the learn of colonialism whereas including an archaeological point of view on Brothertown historical past, filling a very important hole within the neighborhood archaeological literature.
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He also studied with white schoolteachers at Mohegan (Silverman 2010:53), learning the English language so he could read the Bible for himself. By his seventeenth year, Occom had found his calling in life: to spread Christianity to his Native brethren in southeastern Connecticut and the surrounding areas. As described in the introductory chapter, this mission tied in directly to his plans for Native revitalization and survival in colonial New England. Together these twin goals constituted his life’s work, a fact that he seemed aware of at an impressively early age (Occom 2006e ).
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Becoming Brothertown: Native American Ethnogenesis and Endurance in the Modern World by Craig N. Cipolla