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Archaeologies

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 400–421 | Cite as

Building Histories That Have Futures: The Benefits of Collaborative Research

  • Stephen A. MrozowskiEmail author
  • D. Rae Gould
Research

Abstract

This paper outlines the benefits of collaborative research involving the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Nipmuc Nation of southern New England, centred in Massachusetts. Over the past 15 years, work carried out by both authors has resulted in the production of a more detailed history of the Nipmuc community of Hassanamisco in what is today Grafton, Massachusetts. Having survived the ravages of King Philip’s War (1675–1676), Hassanamisco has remained a culturally and politically viable community. This paper discusses the nature of the collaboration that has resulted in a renewed understanding of Hassanamisco Nipmuc history.

Key Words

Indigenous archaeology Collaboration Hassanamisco Hassnamesit Nipmuc 

Résumé

Cet article met l’accent sur les bénéfices d’une recherche collaborative impliquant le Centre Fiske pour la recherche archéologique de l’Université du Massachusetts à Boston et la Nation Nipmuc de la Nouvelle Angleterre du sud, centrée au Massachusetts. Au cours des 15 dernières années, les travaux entrepris par les deux auteurs ont résulté en la production d’une histoire plus détaillée de la communauté Nipmuc de Hassanamisco dans ce qui est de nos jours Grafton dans le Massachusetts. Ayant survécu aux ravages de la guerre du Roi Philipe (1675–1676), Hassanamisco est demeurée une communauté culturellement et politiquement viable. Cet article discute de la nature de la collaboration ayant conduit à une compréhension renouvelée de l’histoire des Nipmuc de Hassanamisco.

Resumen

Este artículo describe los beneficios de la investigación colaborativa con la participación del Centro Fiske de Investigación Arqueológica de la Universidad de Massachusetts Boston y la Nación Nipmuc del sur de Nueva Inglaterra, centrada en Massachusetts. En los últimos 15 años, el trabajo realizado por ambos autores ha resultado en la producción de una historia más detallada de la comunidad nipmuc de Hassanamisco en lo que hoy es Grafton, Massachusetts. Habiendo sobrevivido a los estragos de la Guerra del Rey Felipe (1675–1676), Hassanamisco ha seguido siendo una comunidad cultural y políticamente viable. Este artículo aborda la naturaleza de la colaboración que ha resultado en una comprensión renovada de la historia de los nipmuc de Hassanamisco.

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Andrew Fiske Center for Archaeological ResearchUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Native American and Indigenous StudiesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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