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Council Oak Books
ISBN 1-57178-107-2
500+ pages hardback $29.95


This is the first book yet written to give readers a comprehensive overview of Algonquin culture as it existed in the New York State area at the time of first contact.
It not only reconstructs the complete sacred geography of the Algonquins and their ancient cities and settlements, with a focus on the ancestor of New York City itself, but also touches on spirituality, language, customs, and lifestyles, written in a way that will serve as an introduction for those not familiar with Native American culture. Includes trail maps, language lists, and many previously unpublished documents, plus many other surprises.

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Critical Praise for
Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York
by Evan T. Pritchard

Council Oak Books 1-57178-107-2

Algonquin "canoe commuters" used to dock in the same place where a local railway station now links New York City and Hoboken, NJ Brooklyn's main thoroughfares, Flatbush Avenue and Kings Highway, were major trade routes of the Canarsie people. With nuggets like these, Pritchard (No Word for Time), a Marist College Native American history professor and founder of the Center for Algonquin Culture, conveys the extent to which Native American civilizations have shaped the geography of modern New York.
Divided into three sections covering New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, the book is a tour of Indian landmarks and historical sites, with descriptions of the cultures, history, languages and lore of the Native American inhabitants. Drawing on archival material as well as interviews with present-day leaders of the Algonquin nations, Pritchard offers a wealth of information that doesn't make it into many New York City histories or guidebooks… New York history buffs and those interested in the Native American past will welcome Pritchard's attempt to fill in the gaps.

Publishers Weekly, April 29, 2002


Native New Yorkers is a trove of information on the Native Algonquin peoples of New York City and New York State. With a wry, humanistic sensibility, Pritchard synthesizes historical and ethnological materials from a wide array of sources, many of which are buried in hard-to-find academic works. The book is further distinguished by his own experiential perspectives as a person of Micmac descent who has conducted ethnographic research with Algonquin elders across the United States. With an open, accessible style, this is a highly readable introduction to the Native American cultural history of New York York City and beyond. It should find interested audiences in a broad variety of educational contexts, from the high school level upward. Anyone with an interest in the Native history and culture of New York will find much
to absorb her in this work.

Peter M. Whiteley, Curator, Division of Anthropology,
American Museum of Natural History


One of the greatest compliments our people can give is to say that someone is a good listener. Indeed, listening is the first stop a true storyteller must master. Native New Yorkers proves that Evan Pritchard is a very good listener indeed. I suspect that many American Indians will feel as I do, that this is a book we've been wanting for many generations. Every New Yorker should read it.

Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki storyteller
author of Lasting Echoes and Sacajawea


Evan Pritchard, a Micmac scholar, has produced a miracle: a scholarly, informative book that is fun to read and full of surprises.

Pete Seeger


Native Oral tradition, supported by archeological evidence, tells us that Long Island used to be the hub of many great nations, with the Algonquin at the center. Yet when asked about these first "New Yorkers," many hesitate. Were they assimilated? Did they die of white man's diseases? Are their descendants anywhere to be found? (Yes to all of these questions.) Drawing from a variety of historical and anthropological documents, Pritchard, whose Micmac heritage is cousin to the New York Algonquin, exhibits a consummate sense of the underlying story that brings a once-vanquished people to fresh life. He portrays a complex culture from many perspectives; horticultural practices, lodge-building, canoe-crafting, and herbal medical lore interweave with the political and ceremonial side of Algonquin life both past and present. Though the author does not pretend to offer a complete picture of the civilization, each chapter furthers an appreciation of the largely unacknowledged but significant Algonquin presence in New York (state and city) and throughout North America.

NAPRA Review, May/June 2002


Evan Pritchard's new book is an excellent read, extremely well researched and a treasure for any library - personal, private or public. Not only is it the most detailed report of the Algonquin nation in New York, but it is done in a manner that all interested people can relate to.

Dark Rain Thom,
author of The Shawnee: Kohkumthena's Grandchildren


The significance of Evan Pritchard's book, Native New Yorkers, can truly be realized in the aftermath of 9/11, for this book brings to early light, the powerful reminder to New Yorkers and all Americans, that history repeats itself for a country that doesn't learn it. Evan Pritchard takes us back in time when only the Native American people thrived on these shores, living lives in socially stable and ecologically balanced environments. He takes us back to colonial invasion, and to the first colonies of the Dutch, and to the first historical echoes of terrorism. Like those scientists and astronomers studying the cosmos based on information supplied by great telescopes traveling through space, Pritchard delves into the history of America's past.
To share this history with us, he uses documented European and transplant American records, journals, and accounts, and does not neglect to respectfully include the wisdom and knowledge contained within the oral and written literatures of the Algonquin Peoples. Native New Yorkers is a culmination of scholarly insights and information about one of the most well-known places in the world, and results in keeping the true history of America alive for another generation,
an invaluable history that may have otherwise been lost. Thank you.

Gabriel Horn, MA, Professor of writing and literature,
author of The Book of Ceremonies; Contemplations of a Primal Mind
and Native Heart - An American Indian Odyssey


A tremendous, first-rate volume, Native New Yorkers is a timely must-have for educators, students, researchers and enthusiasts alike. Pritchard has opened a whole new chapter in
Native American Studies, which is sure to generate invigorating dialogue on the subject.

Roberto Mucaro Borrero (Taino), Public Programs Coordinator,
American Museum of Natural History


I write to rave about this terrific new book which opens new doors, closes old ones, adds flavor to a visit to Manhattan, raises questions, and answers many of mine. I have read it once, but
am reading and marking passages for reference now. Truly, there is no book like it out there.

Beth Herr, Curator, Trailside Lenape Museum,
Ward Pound Ridge, Katonah, N.Y.


This incredibly detailed and imaginatively presented survey of life in New York City before the Europeans arrived tutors us in the spiritual practice of truly cherishing the place where we live. Evan Pritchard skillfully takes us beyond the contemporary pursuits of wealth and power in Manhattan to ponder the ecological legacies of the original Native New Yorkers - the Lenape Indians. While reading this remarkable book, we felt closer than ever to the heartbeat of our city, its rich multicultural heritage, and the piece of Earth on which we live.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat,
co-authors of Spiritual Literacy and Spiritual Rx


Professor Pritchard beckons you to join him on a remarkable journey that follows the paths of the Algonquin people of New York. In the stops along the way, you will learn the language and stories and feel the presence of the Lenape men and women who walked the lands from present-day New York City to the domain of the Mohicans halfway up the Hudson River. By the time you have finished this passage through time and space, names and places that you have taken for granted will have new meaning, and you will look upon the 80,000 Native American New Yorkers with new respect and understanding.

Dr. James M. Johnson, Executive Director,
Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College


Native New Yorkers is a masterpiece of Native American scholarship laced with personal spiritual insights. As an Algonquin, I am deeply moved by this great and beautiful book. Using an enormous variety of media and techniques, Evan has produced a work of national historical importance. Evan places the Native worldview within the context of today's consumerist society and pop culture. Evan Pritchard, a scholar and a multi talented artist, illuminates the Rocky Island Manahatta with the radiant light of his spirit vision, honoring Natives, ancestors, and all the generations to come with his Heart Song. For Evan, as for all Algonquins, time does not exist and the land is alive with the voices of our ancestors. This book is a landmark for our Algonquin Nation.

Phoebe Songbundle Legére (Penobscot/Micmac),
Native Ethnomusicologist, Native Educator, Pulitzer Prize (Music) Nominee 2001,
NYCA Award winning author of "The Queen of New England,"
an opera celebrating the life of Queen Weetamoo, Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag


Pritchard's Native New Yorkers is the most significant contribution to the linguistics of Mid-Hudson First Peoples since E.M. Ruttenber's Indian Tribes of Hudson's River (1872). It deserves a place on any bookshelf belonging to anyone wishing to be considered a true local historian of the Hudson River Valley. A must-read!

Melvin Johnson, Historic Site Assistant,
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh NY


An author of Micmac descent who is currently professor of Native American history at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Pritchard has produced what is ostensibly a scholarly monograph on the history and culture of the Algonquin peoples of New York, though much of the emphasis is on the Munsee peoples who inhabited present-day New York City, Long Island and the Hudson River Valley. Though it is presented with a scholarly apparatus, it will best serve as either a guidebook or history for lay readers… Obviously, valuable modern oral traditions have been extensively used in the construction of this work, but even they require some level of corroboration for descriptions of places that haven't existed for centuries. Recommended for public libraries in New York and contiguous states.

Library Journal, April 15, 2002
Review by John Burch, Campbellsville University Library, Kentucky

 


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Related title:
No Word for Time: The Way of the Algonquin People
by Evan T. Pritchard © 2001
Council Oak Books
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