The Common Pot

SKU: 9780816647842

Lisa Brooks
Grade Levels:
College, University
Abenaki, Algonquin, Iroquois, Mohawk, Mohegan, Pequot, Wampanoag, Woodland
Book Type:
University of Minnesota Press

Sale price$31.50


The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast is a recent historical study by Abenaki History professor Lisa Brooks in the University of Minnesota Press series, Indigenous Americas. The book offers a unique view of the early writings of Samson Occom, Joseph Brant, Hendrick Aupaumut, and William Apess. Instead of using the standard literary and historical view of these men as persons struggling to walk in two worlds, this examination view the works of these leaders as ways they used to extend their arguments for reclaiming Indigenous lands and rights. After these men learned to read and write English through the efforts of missionaries, the leaders took it upon themselves to create petitions, political tracts, and speeches; to record community councils and histories. They use the metaphor of The Common Pot to argue and present their case for their deep cultural and spiritual ties to the land. The author employs the Ojibwe term, awikhigan, which refers to birchbark scrolls, maps, and messages. By creating these road maps or messages the men of the Northeast worked to extend their ideas to the settler population. The book contains numerous maps of the territories covered by the common pot as well as identifies the traditional territories of the Mohawk, Abenaki, Algonquin, Mohegan, Pequot, and Wampanoag. Recommended.

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