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date: 16 February 2019

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Recent historical archaeological research in New England has questioned colonialism’s narratives about entanglements between Native Americans and Europeans. Drawing on approaches that situate colonial relations in diachronic perspectives, landscapes, and cultural and social pluralism, and theories of agency, daily practice, memory, identity, and postcolonialism, researchers have explored interconnected histories that are more complicated and enduring. This chapter discusses the recovery of these complexities envisioned by critical studies of historical archaeological evidence, and increasingly through collaborations with indigenous groups to challenge assumptions about when, where, how, and why the experiences of natives and colonizers intersected. Examples from ancestral places to the colonized landscape’s plantations, reservations, diasporic enclaves, and urban homelands reveal the region’s Indians on different stages and in different roles from those scripted for them and subvert overly simplistic expectations about their shared histories with colonizers to amend colonialism’s injustices.

Keywords: colonialism, shared history, colonized landscape, reservation, diaspora, urban homeland, New England, Native American

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