By Jean M. O'Brien
In keeping with Jean O'Brien, Indians didn't easily disappear from colonial Natick, Massachusetts because the English prolonged their domination. fairly, the Indians creatively resisted colonialism, defended their lands, and rebuilt kinfolk networks and neighborhood throughout the strategic use of English cultural practices and associations. within the past due eighteenth century, Natick Indians skilled a technique of "dispossession via levels" that rendered them invisible in the better context of the colonial social order, and enabled the development of the parable of Indian extinction.
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3 (1834): 305. 21 22 Peoples, land, and social order included gathering the spring runs of spawning fish on the river drainages within the homelands of each group, which drew large gatherings of Indians from many villages, as well as smaller-scale excursions throughout the summer to engage in hook-and-line angling, trapping fish with weirs constructed in rivers, and coastal fishing and shellfish gathering. Summer was a time for some hunting, which also entailed mobility. "2^ Between October and December, villages broke into smaller groups and moved away from the central village for intensive hunting.
B. "4 Springing from the rolling hills dotted with ponds and drained by river systems were large stretches of forest with many varieties of trees, including oak, hickory, chestnut, pine, ash, elm, beech, walnut, cedar, maple, and, particularly northward, different species of birch. "6 The abundant "fowles" included swans, geese, ducks, cranes, turkeys, pheasants, partridges, crows, hawks, quails, and falcons. Forest habitats sustained deer, elk, beaver, otter, wild cat, raccoon, fox, wolf, bear, muskrat, hare, and squirrel populations.
6-* Winslow, "Glorious Progress," 8 1 . Peoples, land, and social order 29 Figure 1. Southern New England in the early 1670s Nashobah Massachusetts Bay • Puritan Village Okommakamesit _Sudbury • Old Praying Town O New Praying Town • Natick Magunkaquog Hassanamesitt m _ Punkapoag °Waeuntug ^ ' ^ • Chabanakongkomun Quantisset- lprovidencej] P I y 111 O U t h Hartford Connecticut Map by Mark Lindberg and Allan Willis, University of Minnesota Cartographic Laboratory Fencing fields would eliminate conflicts with English farmers, impose order on the landscape, and encourage intensive English-style agriculture that would replace mobility with fixity.