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The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast
Literary critics frequently portray early Native American writers either as individuals caught between two worlds or as subjects who, even as they defied the colonial world, struggled to exist within it. In striking counterpoint to these analyses, Lisa Brooks demonstrates the ways in which Native leaders-including Samson Occom, Joseph Brant, Hendrick Aupaumut, and William ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Just about everyone I know considers this the most important book published in Native American Literary Studies in the past few years. One of the best things it does it make you think of Native American writing (whether early petitions, or contemporary poetry) as a kind of RE-MAPPING of space as primarily indigenous. This is radical, especially for New England, which uses all kinds of strategies (public monuments, place names) to map itself as somehow devoid of Native Americans.
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Sep 10, 2016 Ai Miller rated it really liked it
A really important book that maps and remaps Native New England space through writings by Native people from the area. I was impressed by the ways that Brooks was able to disrupt colonial geographies, and still render the land legible--a testament to her commitment to using place names and inscribing the world with indigenous knowledge systems. The chapter about Samson Occom's preaching and fight for Mohegan land was particularly instructive in the ways that Native people negotiated territory ...more
Lisa Brooks is an historian, writer, and professor of English and American studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts where she specializes in the history of Native American and European interactions from the American colonial period to the present.