Poster: "Pocumtuck through a Public Archaeologist's Eyes"
While practicing archaeology with and for the public, I often come across many conflicting ideas that exist side-by-side in a single historical story. This collection made me think about how indigenous people are both central and excluded from certain histories of the Pocumtuck homeland (overlapping with modern-day Deerfield).
Title: "Noble savage and indigenous erasure"
On one hand, quotes like these make claims about 'legitimate' indigeneity being extinct.
Title: "Indian traces that were retained in local history narratives"
On the other hand, indigenous persons were living mingled with Euroamerican settlers, and the names (as interpreted by colonists) have continued to be used to describe the landscape. Indigenous concepts of landscape are therefore embedded in Euroamerican-created places, then appropriated to mean new things. The act of appropriation itself erases indigenous concepts and traces, even while appearing to commemorate their 'lost' way of thinking.
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