Spirit of the New England Tribes: Indian History and Folklore, 1620–1984
William S. SimmonsE-book: $26.99
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|E-book Publication Date:||03/06/2018|
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|Paper Publication Date:||03/01/1986|
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An impressive blend of good anthropology and sound historiographical scholarship . . . What emerges is the clearest, and most thoughtful, view into the cognitive world of New England's native people available to nonspecialists.
--New England Quarterly
A study whose erudite research and balanced presentation make it an immediate classic. It goes well beyond the standard treatments of Indian folklore.
--New England Historical and Genealogical Register
Contains a great deal of information which should prove of interest not only to folklorists, anthropologists, and historians, but to Native Americans and anyone interested in the history of New England . . . The significance of this work is twofold. On the one hand, it is a solid contribution to scholarship. Simmons relates changes in folklore over time to historical events, thereby highlighting the dynamic nature of folklore . . . On another level, this book can be taken as a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. Simmons argues that folklore 'is the primary domain where an Indian spirit still survives,' providing 'the major vehicle for expressing and perpetuating a persistent Indian identity.' This book is a celebration of that spirit.
--New York Folklore
WILLIAM S. SIMMONS is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His other books include Cautantowwit's House (1970), Eyes of the Night: Witchcraft Among a Senegalese People (1971), and Old Light on Separate Ways: The Narragansett Diary of Joseph Fish (1982).