Author Archive for Paul Grant-Costa

Mapping the Landscape of Native New England

One of the more perplexing geographic features of southern New England is Dighton Rock, a 40-ton, 11½ by 5 foot sandstone boulder once located on the east side of the Taunton River in the present-day town of Berkely, Massachusetts.  Nicknamed…

Mapping the Landscape of Native New England

Stiles’ map of the Connecticut shoreline shows the mouth of the Pequot River, today called the Thames, and the towns of New London, on the left bank, and a portion of Groton, on the right bank.  Originally a village in…

Congratulations to Faith Damon Davison

The editors of the Yale Indian Papers Project wish to congratulate our friend, colleague, and advisor, Faith Damon Davison, who was recently recognized by the Guardians of Culture and Lifeways International Awards Program with the “Honored One Award” for her…

Inside a Connecticut Indian Wigwam

In the fall of 1761, Ezra Stiles visited the Western Niantic Indian community in the Niantic-East Lyme, Connecticut area.  Of the several Indian dwellings or wigwams standing there, he made sketches of two in particular, that of George Waukeets and Phoebe…