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The Powhatan LandscapeAn Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake$
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Martin D. Gallivan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062860

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062860.001.0001

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Placemaking in the Algonquian Chesapeake

Placemaking in the Algonquian Chesapeake

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(p.52) Chapter 3 Placemaking in the Algonquian Chesapeake
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The Powhatan Landscape
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Martin D. Gallivan

Victor D. Thompson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062860.003.0004

Chapter 3 considers Virginia Algonquian place names, concluding that the Tsenacomacoh landscape was understood and labelled from the vantage of a canoe. Place names typically referenced navigation along and across rivers as well as favoured locations for fishing and for gathering wild, wetland plants. Such representations of space and of mobility hint that Tsenacomacoh was constructed on an estuarine landscape initially inhabited by forager-fishers. The rivers, streams, and embayed waters of the Chesapeake estuary provided the primary pathways connecting places in this setting. Algonquian place names framed travel through Tsenacomacoh’s waterscape, resulting in naming practices keyed to the dynamic interface between dry land and tidal water.

Keywords:   placemaking, place names, Chesapeake estuary, mobility, waterscape

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