Before King Philip’s War (1675–1678), roughly 12 percent of all known titles published in British North America were printed in an Algonquian language. In the time of their production, these books were meant to facilitate the Christian conversion, assimilation, and subjugation of Indigenous Peoples in “New England.” In the twenty-first century, Indigenous nations use these works to reconstruct and reclaim their languages and histories. Free, public access to the seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century works chosen for inclusion in this online exhibition greatly increases the number of unrestricted, open-access Indigenous language primary source materials available to Nipmuc knowledge keepers.
The seven works chosen for this exhibition, all printed in an Indigenous language—some with English translations included—have been fully digitized and can be viewed by clicking “Read this book” adjacent to each image. You can learn more about each book by clicking “About this book.”