Author Archive for Paul Grant-Costa

Rethinking Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the first organized National Day of Mourning protests in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  It was there in 1970 that Wamsutta Frank James shared his personal thoughts on the American holiday and Native peoples, beginning…

Twice Captivated

On November 13, 1728, two servants ran away from their employer, Lieutenant Mehuman Hinsdell of Deerfield, Massachusetts.  About two weeks later Hinsdell ran the following advertisement in the New England Weekly Journal: Ran-away on the 13th. of Novemb. Instant, From…

Captured Stories

1614 was a critical year for the Wampanoag.  This was when Captain Thomas Hunt, an English explorer and trader, seized at least twenty of their countrymen from Patuxet to sell into Spanish slavery.  One of those taken was Tisquantum or…

Book Notice / Book Talk: Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics

Central to any understanding of Seventeenth Century Native New England is the figure of Ninigret (c. 1600-1676), the sachem of the Eastern Niantics and Narragansetts.  In fact,  Ninigret was at the center of almost every major development involving southern New England…

Benedict Arnold’s Heroic Leg

Here’s an odd ritual that you might like to attend, or at least know about.  This Saturday, September 20, 2014 at  1:00 pm, the “coffined heroic leg of Benedict Arnold” will be presented to Norwich officials for internment at the…

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…