November is Native American Heritage Month here in the United States, so we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight some of our relevant resources.
Several of the colonial-era church records in our New England's Hidden Histories program include information about the local native peoples. Because they are recorded by the British colonists, these records contain several references to "Indian attacks", but there are also more peaceful historical accounts. For example, the First Church in Natick had a large percentage of Native American congregants, and Rev. Gideon Hawley traveled across western New England ministering to Brits and Native Americans alike. Both of these collections have been transcribed for easier reading.
Creating the "Eliot Bible" (1663) provided the motivation for missionary John Eliot to learn and transliterate the language of the local tribes in order to provide a written translation of the scriptures. Once the Bible was published, Eliot then used those copies to teach his new converts how to read and write using the Latin alphabet. In recent years, it has even been used by scholars to reconstruct and preserve the Wôpanâak (Wompanoag) language for future generations.
Take a look in our catalog to find other materials relating to Native American history. You might be surprised at what you'll learn.