Indigenous Innovation and Colonial Inevitability
This chapter argues for a rethinking of colonialism as an historical process. Three Native American archaeological sites researched by the authors suggest that the Nipmuc people of modern-day Massachusetts and Connecticut continued to shape their own cultural and political destiny despite European colonization. An historical narrative of indigenous innovation and cultural perseverance—that runs counter to the inevitability inherent in the political discourse of the past two hundred years—is presented through understanding the generational choices involving older practices and new practices. This narrative attempts to move beyond the notion of indigenous resistance to a new understanding of the role innovation played and continues to play in the production of contemporary indigenous society, particularly in New England.
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