On March 22, 1621, a Native American delegation walked through what is now southern New England to meet with a group of foreigners who had taken over a recently deserted Indian settlement. At the head of the party was an uneasy triumvirate: Massasoit, the sachem (political-military leader) of the Wampanoag confederation, a loose coalition of several dozen villages that controlled most of southeastern Massachusetts; Samoset, sachem of an allied group to the north; and Tisquantum, a distrusted captive, whom Massasoit had brought along only reluctantly as an interpreter. Massasoit was an adroit politician, but the dilemma he faced would have tested Machiavelli. About five years before, most of his subjects had fallen before a terrible calamity. Whole villages had been depopulated. It was all Massasoit could do to hold together the remnants of his people. Adding to his problems, the disaster had not touched the Wampanoag’s longtime enemies, the Narragansett alliance to the west. Soon, Massasoit feared, they would take advantage of the Wampanoag’s weakness and overrun them. And the only solution he could see was fraught with perils of its own, because it involved the foreigners—people from across the sea.
The Indians who first feasted with the English colonists were far more sophisticated than you were taught in school. But that wasn't enough to save them In addition to providing a beautifully written account of what happened, the article does something subtle but incredibly cool in using a Native centered perspective that really illuminates how dramatically silenced and othered Native voices are in other accounts. [more inside]
'Artisanal butters' are favored and appreciated by cooks and gourmands -- especially those
crafted by "garage entrepreneurs" from Maine
(churned by Diane St. Clair
and favored by Thomas Keller
at his noted restaurants, The French Laundry
and Per Se
). Butters from Canada
, Ireland and elsewhere
are also cherished. [more inside]
Northeast Historic Film
is the best of quirky Maine. They archive home movies
, collect postcards of New England movie houses
, and study depictions of New England
in major films. Browsing the list of collections
is tantalizing; if only some of these were available as clips or on YouTube. They're one of many archives preserving home movies
6000 breathtaking aerial photos
of American towns and other sites, with particularly good coverage of towns in New England (MA
). All of this by one photographer, Joseph Melanson, whose mission in life is "to show you facets of your environment that you never realized no matter how long you lived there."
Folklore and stories around a mountain in New Hampshire, with a nice interactive map.
Related interest :- Nos Histoires de L'Ile
, historical photographs of a French community in Maine.