Writing of Indigenous New England is an online hub for researchers, readers, writers, and students interested in the Native American literature of this region.
As a public and community educational tool, this site shows that there is more to Native Americans in New England than the old elementary-classroom standby "the first Thanksgiving." There are, in fact, more Native Americans here than many people realize. They did not simply welcome the Puritans and then disappear; they have stayed, and continue to play a critical role in making New England what it is today.
As a scholarly resource, this archive increases access to the many forms of writing that regional indigenous people have produced. The archive considers "writing" in the broadest possible terms, covering pre-colonial non-alphabetic forms like petroglyphs and baskets all the way up to contemporary poetry and plays.
Items include individual authors and texts. Here you will find historic documents like letters, political petitions, and baskets, and links to contemporary regional authors' websites and works.
Collections group the items by tribal nation, from the Mi'kmaq of Maine and Nova Scotia to the Schaghticoke of Connecticut. Collections offer a good way to get to know the literature of a particular community and locale.
Exhibits interpret this literature and history for visitors.
You can also browse these items on a map of the area.
The signature of Abenaki sachem Bomoseen is one of many attached to the Portsmouth Peace Treaty of July 13, 1713. Some of these signatures are…
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