Ghost Hawk
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Background reading for
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The background research for Ghost Hawk took three years, and was fascinating. For anyone who would like to read more about the historical period in which my story is set, here is a list of some of the books I read.
In the early 17th century no American Indian of any tribe had yet written down his or her language (though William Wood made a manful effort to record Massachusett phonetically in 1634, and Roger Willliams tried with Narragansett in 1643.) So the only contemporary accounts we have of life in the period covered by Ghost Hawk are those written by English settlers. Of all the books that summarize descriptions of Native American life then, gleaned from these accounts and much other research, Howard S. Russell’s Indian New England Before the Mayflower is particularly thorough and vivid.
As a readable source of historical background, Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower is excellent, as is his collection (with Thomas Philbrick) of excerpts from 17th century sources, The Mayflower Papers.
And anyone interested in additional research might want to begin at the library website of Dartmouth College in whose remarkable Department of Native American Studies three-quarters of the faculty identify as Native American.
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Adney, Edwin Tappan, and Howard I. Chapelle. Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2007.
Barbo, Theresa Mitchell. Cape Cod Bay: A History of Salt and Sea. Charleston: The History Press, 2008.
Bradford, William. Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646. Edited by William T. Davis. New York: Scribner’s, 1908.
Bradford, William, and Edward Winslow. Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 1622. Cambridge: Applewood Books, 1986.
Bragdon, Kathleen J. Native People of Southern New England: 1500-1650. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
Church, Benjamin. Diary of King Philip’s War. Edited by Alan and Mary Simpson. Chester: Pequot Press, 1957.
Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003.
Gaustad, Edwin S. Roger Williams. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Goddard, Ives, and Kathleen J. Bragdon. Native Writings in Massachusett, 2 vols. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988.
Grant, Bruce. Concise Encyclopedia of the American Indian. Avenel: Gramercy, 2000.
Hawke, David Freeman. Everyday Life in Early America. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.
Karr, Ronald Dale, ed. Indian New England: 1524-1674: A Compendium of Eyewitness Accounts of Native American Life. Pepperell: Branch Line Press, 1999.
Kroeber, Theodora. Ishi, Last of His Tribe. Berkeley: Parnassus Press, 1964.
Kroeber, Theodora. Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1961.
Krusell, Cynthia Hagar, and Betty Magoun Bates. Marshfield: A Town of Villages, 1640-1990. Marshfield: Historical Research Associates, 1990.
Leach, Douglas Edward. Flintlock and Tomahawk: New England in King Philip’s War. Woodstock: The Countryman Press, 2009.
Lepore, Jill. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity. New York: Knopf, 1998.
Moore, MariJo, ed. Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing. New York: Nation Books, 2003.
Morton, Thomas. New English Canaan, 1637. Edited by Jack Dempsey. Scituate: Digital Scanning Inc., 2000.
Nabokov, Peter. Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places. New York: Viking, 2006.
O'Brien, Francis J. (Moondancer), and Julianne Jennings (Strong Woman), Aquidneck Indian Council. A Cultural History of the Native Peoples of Southern New England: Voices from the Past and Present. Boulder: Bauu Press, 2006.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Abram’s Eyes: The Native American Legacy of Nantucket Island. Nantucket: Mill Hill Press, 1998.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower. New York: Penguin, 2006.
Philbrick, Nathaniel, and Thomas Philbrick, eds. The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England. New York: Penguin, 2007.
Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Richards, Lysander Salmon. History of Marshfield. Plymouth: Memorial Press, 1901.
Rowlandson, Mary. The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, 1682. Edited by Neal Salisbury. Boston: Bedford Books, 1997.
Russell, Howard S. Indian New England Before the Mayflower. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1980.
Savage, Kelly. The Pond Dwellers: The People of the Freshwaters of Massachusetts 1620-1676. Wales: Panther Publishing, 1996.
Schwarzman, Beth. The Nature of Cape Cod. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2002.
Sloane, Eric. A Reverence for Wood. New York: Funk & Wagnals, 1965.
Tunis, Edwin. Colonial Living. Cleveland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1957.
Wilbur, C. Keith. Indian Handcrafts. Chester: Globe Pequot Press, 2001.
Wilbur, C. Keith. The New England Indians. Chester: Globe Pequot Press, 1978.
Williams, Roger. A Key Into the Language of America, 1643. Bedford: Applewood Books, 1997.
Williams, Roger. The Correspondence of Roger Williams: Volume 1, 1629-1653; Volume 2, 1654-1682. Edited by Glenn W. LaFantasie. Providence: Brown University Press, 1988.
Winslow, Edward. Good Newes from New England, 1624. Bedford: Applewood Books, 1996.
Wood, William. Wood’s Vocabulary of Massachusett: American Language Reprints, Vol. 27. Bristol: Evolution Publishing, 2002.