Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bradford's Indian BookBeing the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Betty Booth Donohue

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037370

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037370.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 13 June 2021

Tisquantum

Tisquantum

Chapter:
(p.105) 7 Tisquantum
Source:
Bradford's Indian Book
Author(s):

Betty Booth Donohue

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037370.003.0008

This chapter discusses Tisquantum's role in Plymouth Colony as medicine man, diplomat, and commissioned Indianizer. Tisquantum was a controversial person who, although a Christian convert, was called upon by Osamequin to Indianize the Plymoutheans. His Christian status, however, made him reluctant to carry out the Massasoit's directive. When Canonicus sent him the infamous bundle of arrows wrapped in a rattlesnake skin as a goad to bring the Plymoutheans into the Algonquian ceremonial culture more quickly, Tisquantum found himself in an untenable situation, one that eventuated in his untimely death, a demise possibly occasioned by witchcraft. This bundle, never a declaration of war as Tisquantum averred, was an invitation for the Plymoutheans to become a part of the surrounding Algonquian milieu. Bradford filled it with shot and returned it, but Canonicus did not attack. After sending it a second time, and getting the same result, Canonicus ritually destroyed the defiled bundle.

Keywords:   Bradford, bundle of arrows, Canonicus, ceremonial culture, medicine man, Osamequin, rattlesnake skin, Tisquantum, witchcraft

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .