The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan: Literature by Samson Occom

By Samson Occom

This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time the recognized writings of the pioneering local American spiritual and political chief, highbrow, and writer, Samson Occom (Mohegan; 1723-1792). the most important surviving archive of yank Indian writing earlier than Charles Eastman (Santee Sioux; 1858-1939), Occom's writings provide unheard of perspectives right into a local American highbrow and cultural universe within the period of colonialization and the early usa. His letters, sermons, journals, prose, petitions, and hymns--many of them by no means prior to published--document the emergence of pantribal political attention one of the local peoples of latest England in addition to local efforts to conform Christianity as a device of decolonialization. providing formerly unpublished and newly recovered writings, this assortment greater than doubles on hand local American writing from earlier than 1800.

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The Occom home received “a great Number of Visitors Continually from all quarters[;] there has not been one Week nor 3 Days I can remember in the Year past, but that we have had Some Stranger or other,” Occom wrote to Susannah Wheatley on March 5, 1771. ” White missionaries solicited his assistance in their ministerial endeavors, believing that Occom’s “Influence” could pacify the “prejudices” of Native proselytes further westward.

Tantaquidgeon recognized in its carved dots and lines traditional symbols of Mohegan migration, and she searched deep within the collective memory of the tribe to remember the particular migration story this box had been carved to record. It was fashioned in the 1780s or 1790s, she recalled, by Mohegan migrants to a new pantribal settlement at Brotherton, New York. The Mohegan minister Samson Occom sent the box from Brotherton back home to his sister Lucy Occom Tantaquidgeon at Mohegan, hoping that the carvings might communicate to Lucy and other Mohegans the fates and sentiments of the migrants who had set out for Oneida territory in the 1770s and 1780s to secure a future free from white encroachment.

Brooks, 112; L. Murray, To Do Good, 31–33. Some university-based historians and anthropologists have rejected the traditional Mohegan account of their own origins, instead positioning the Mohegan as an autochthonous people of New England. See Oberg, 18–20. 10 The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan the long-term interests of the Mohegan. During the infamously brutal Pequot War of 1636–1637, Mohegans collaborated with the English in the destruction of the Pequots. On May 26, 1637, two hundred Mohegans and Narragansetts joined the English in a gruesome attack on a fortified Pequot encampment at Mystic.

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