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11. One of the many waterways in central-eastern Algonquian homelands used by Native people for millennia before European contacts, the Charles River, seen here at Natick, east of Quinsigamond, ran through the heart of the so-called “praying town” in the mid-seventeenth century. Indigenous inhabitants from Nipmuc, Massachusett, Wampanoag, and other communities engaged with places like this as they navigated new pressures of Euro-American settler colonialism and Protestant mission-building. As New England antiquarians searched for “artifacts” at these sites over subsequent centuries and had them deposited in museums, many tribal heritage objects became disinterred and detached from traditional contexts. Photograph courtesy of the author.


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