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From Homeland to New Land, From Homeland to New Land, 0803244959, 0-8032-4495-9, 978-0-8032-4495-5, 9780803244955, William A. Starna, The Iroquoians and Their World, From Homeland to New Land, 0803245793, 0-8032-4579-3, 978-0-8032-4579-2, 9780803245792, William A. Starna, The Iroquoians and Their Worl

From Homeland to New Land
A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600-1830
William A. Starna

2013. 320 pp.
$60.00 s

This history of the Mahicans begins with the appearance of Europeans on the Hudson River in 1609 and ends with the removal of these Native people to Wisconsin in the 1830s. Marshaling the methods of history, ethnology, and archaeology, William A. Starna describes as comprehensively as the sources allow the Mahicans while in their Hudson and Housatonic Valley homeland; after their consolidation at the praying town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and following their move to Oneida country in central New York at the end of the Revolution and their migration west.

The emphasis throughout this book is on describing and placing into historical context Mahican relations with surrounding Native groups: the Munsees of the lower Hudson, eastern Iroquoians, and the St. Lawrence and New England Algonquians. Starna also examines the Mahicans’ interactions with Dutch, English, and French interlopers. The first and most transformative of these encounters was with the Dutch and the trade in furs, which ushered in culture change and the loss of Mahican lands. The Dutch presence, along with the new economy, worked to unsettle political alliances in the region that, while leading to new alignments, often engendered rivalries and war. The result is an outstanding examination of the historical record that will become the definitive work on the Mahican people from the colonial period to the Removal Era.

William A. Starna is professor emeritus of anthropology at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Gideon’s People: Being a Chronicle of an American Indian Community in Colonial Connecticut and the Moravian Missionaries Who Served There (Nebraska, 2009) and Adriaen van der Donck’s A Description of New Netherland (Nebraska, 2008).

"[From Homeland to New Land] is an outstanding examination of the historical record that will become the definite work on the Mahican people from the colonial period to the Removal Era."—Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger

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