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Reflecting on Native Americans and Their Connection to Today

Society & Culture  (tags: Native American, goods, Pow Wow, elders, culture )

- 3518 days ago -
Some readers may remember Fire Woman. She and her husband were proprietors of a small shop on Bearskin Neck, in Rockport, which sold Native American goods and supplies. She was also a fixture on the local powwow circuit


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JennyLynn W (246)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 12:30 pm
Thanks Terry. I was struck by a couple of paragraphs in this wonderful story:

Many people in this part of the country do have an ancestor with Penobscot, Mi'kmaq, Wampanoag, Nipmuc, or Abenaki blood, as these nations of the East were the first people to encounter Europeans when they arrived on this continent. In some cases, as happened early on with the Mi'kmaq and French, indigenous people helped, and even married newcomers, at least until the religious leaders of the time decreed that it was inadvisable to do so.

Indigenous women were skilled in crafts that the Europeans needed, and there were not enough marriageable European women on the continent until around the mid 1600s.

Those who would like to hear the Thanksgiving story from a native perspective may wish to attend an ecumenical event at First Church in Ipswich on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. . . . . . National Native American Heritage Month is a wonderful time to reflect upon the accuracies and inaccuracies of history, and learn more about the native people who lived, and still live, in Massachusetts and on Cape Ann.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 7:44 pm
Thanks Terry

Sophie Smith (520)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 11:03 pm
Very good stuff Lone.

Alison S (70)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 11:23 pm
Thank You for this article.This really helps mixed races.

mary f (200)
Thursday October 29, 2009, 2:52 am
thanks terrygreat article
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