Chickwallop and the Strange Beast

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

in Creatures of Empire

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158601
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788538 | DOI:
 Chickwallop and the Strange Beast

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Indians’ ideas about animals — rooted in spiritual conceptions that recognized no sharp distinction between the natural and supernatural worlds — shaped native peoples’ responses to colonial livestock. This chapter discusses the place of animals in Native American societies in New England and the Chesapeake region, focusing on religious beliefs, hunting practices, and ideas about animals as property. It also discusses how colonists misunderstood both Indian ideas and practices.

Keywords: Native American; livestock; New England; Chesapeake; religious beliefs; hunting; property

Chapter.  10515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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