Resituating Homeland: Motion, Movement, and Ethnogenesis at Brothertown

  • Craig N. CipollaEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 35)


Colonial tensions of eighteenth-century New England led to the formation of a multi-tribal Christian community of Algonquian peoples known as the Brothertown Indians. This new group took shape as its members relocated from their home reservations of New England to central New York State. In the mid-nineteenth century, the community moved once again, this time to current-day Wisconsin, where it remains situated today. This chapter draws upon written discourse, settlement patterns, and cemetery spaces to explore the types of placemaking coincided with the ethnogenesis of the Brothertown community. The discursive, experiential, and mnemonic implications of the Brothertown Indian Movement analyzed in this chapter speak to the place of movement in community formation, cultural entanglement, and social navigation. Since Brothertown history involved mobility and migration, this chapter also highlights the differences that continually starting anew in foreign landscapes made for different generations of Brothertown Indians


Settlement Pattern Early Nineteenth Century Eastern Shore Southwest Corner Northeast Corner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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