Reclaiming the Ancestors sets the record straight about the early history of the Wabanaki – the Abenaki, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Malecite, and Mi’kmaq. Wiseman proposes a sovereigntist approach to understanding the current archaeological understanding of Abenaki prehistory. He begins with an overview of the conflicting views of First Nations and archaeologists regarding Indigenous history and how he developed his research design model. Over the next 10 chapters, the book explores and discusses the periods of Wabanaki prehistory. The final chapter takesBack cover, Reclaiming the Ancestors: Decolonizing a Taken Prehistory of the Far Northeast by Frederick M. Wiseman. 2009.
the historyto the beginning of the early contact period. The author makes the point that documentation of Wabanaki territory is of vital importance in today’s political climate of Vermont. The Wabanaki face major obstacles as politicians utilize archaeological evidence against the Wabanaki’s push for self-governance and recognition. The book contains limited black and white photographs of artifacts because the author made a conscious choice to respect items that were from grave sites. A fascinating history that dispels many previously-held academic viewpoints of the Wabanaki First Nations.
Author(s): Frederick M. Wiseman
Publisher: University Press of New England; 1 edition
Series: Wabanaki World (Book 1)
Grade Level: High School +
Paperback: 312 pages