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A Family of Healers

In a letter to Thomas Prince of Boston dated in September of 1730, the Rev. William Russell, pastor of Middletown’s First Church, wrote that among the neighboring Wangunk there was a family of healers noted for their skill in curing…

A House in Dispute

War, employment at sea, and westward emigration had a significant impact on the demographics of many late eighteenth to early nineteenth century reservation communities in New England.  With the population of adult males much reduced, Indian women were often left…

This Week in New England Native Documentary History

On September 9, 1772, Abigail Meason, an itinerant Indian woman from Farmington, Connecticut, appeared in Northampton, Massachusetts at the doorstep of Nathaniel Day and his wife Experience with a growing temperature.  The Days recognized the symptoms as “slow fever” or…