Friday, March 24, 2006

Grave Undertakings - a book review

Thanks to Bruce McAleer for this link:

From a review of Grave Undertakings: An Archaeology of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians. From the William and Mary Quarterly Vol LX, Number 1

...The final chapter, "Remembering the Dead", explores the meaning of individuals burials for later generations of Narragansetts. Rubertone examines the ways that these burials and this cemetery were remembered and commemorated by subsequent tribal members, drawing on textual accounts and oral tradition. In the process, she exposes native peoples' struggle to maintain an "active relationship" (p. 166) with their ancestors. She details the archaeolofical evidence --intrusive pits, broken ceramics, and stone piles-- that provides "tangible testimony to the Narragansetts' involvement with ancestral burial places" (p 173)....

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