The Common Pot

The Common Pot

The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast

Book - 2008
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Brooks (history, literature, folklore and mythology, Harvard) revises much of the received wisdom concerning Northeastern Native Americans and literacy. She chronicles how Natives used the language of the conqueror to state their case from the earliest days of European colonization. In doing so she interweaves the history of written tradition in the culture of the Northeast tribes. In doing so she not only asks the reader to surrender inaccurate concepts but also to become open to alternate ways of thinking about oral and written cultures. They are not opposites but complementary methods of remembering. Brooks has a lyrical style that provides an added element to the force of her message. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780816647842
Characteristics: xlvi, 346 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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