Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples


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What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures

Lucianne Lavin; with a contribution to the Introduction by Paul Grant-Costa; Edited by Rosemary Volpe

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A groundbreaking volume on the rich 13,000-plus-year history and culture of Connecticut’s indigenous peoples
More than 13,000 years ago, people settled on lands that now lie within the boundaries of the state of Connecticut. Leaving no written records and scarce archaeological remains, these peoples and their communities have remained unknown to all but a few archaeologists and other scholars. This pioneering book is the first to provide a full account of Connecticut’s indigenous peoples, from the long-ago days of their arrival to the present day.
Lucianne Lavin draws on exciting new archaeological and ethnographic discoveries, interviews with Native Americans, rare documents including periodicals, archaeological reports, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, conference papers, newspapers, and government records, as well as her own ongoing archaeological and documentary research. She creates a fascinating and remarkably detailed portrait of indigenous peoples in deep historic  times before European contact and of their changing lives during the past 400 years of colonial and state history. She also includes a short study of Native Americans in Connecticut in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book brings to light the richness and diversity of Connecticut’s indigenous histories, corrects misinformation about the vanishing Connecticut Indian, and reveals the significant roles and contributions of Native Americans to modern-day Connecticut.

Published in association with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Lucianne Lavin is Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies. She lives in northwestern Connecticut.

“The scope of information in this book is impressive. . . . I urge anyone who is interested in Connecticut to purchase one.”—Faith Damon Davison, Archivist (retired), Mohegan Tribal Government, and elder, Mohegan Tribe

"Dr. Lavin’s book is a well-researched and very readable account of archaeology in Connecticut. The history of archaeology, along with copious site data is expertly presented against the backdrop of culture."—Laurie Weinstein, Series Editor, Native Peoples of the Americas

"Lucianne Lavin has accomplished an extraordinary achievement in this comprehensive synthesis of Connecticut’s Native peoples.  Compiling the latest scientific data from archaeology and history, she also includes native oral traditions.  The result is a compelling narrative stressing cultural change and continuity that is very much a story about today, as it is about the past."—Nicholas F. Bellantoni, Connecticut State Archaeologist
“As a comprehensive and synthesizing work, the book is outstanding and much needed.”—Choice
Won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 New England Book Festival given by the JM Northern Media Family of Festivals, in the General Non-Fiction Category.
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the North America Category.
Winner of the 2014 Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit.

Won Second Place in the books cateogry in the 2014 New England Museum Association Publication Award Competition.
ISBN: 9780300186642
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
528 pages, 7.5 x 10
37 color + 235 b/w illus.
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