I’m Siobhan Senier, and I teach Native American Literature in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire. This blog is an extension of a book I finished editing in 2012, Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Writing from Indigenous New England. To be published by the University of Nebraska Press later in 2013 or early in 2014, this anthology is 600 pages in manuscript form, and it includes writers from at least a dozen tribal nations, from the very earliest records to some exciting new poets and bloggers. I had amazing help from a talented group of tribal editors: Jaime Battiste (Mi’kmaq), Juana Perley (Maliseet), Donald Soctomah (Passamaquoddy), Carol Dana (Penobscot), Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), Joan Tavares Avant (Mashpee Wampanoag), Cheryl Watching Crow Stedtler (Nipmuc), Dawn Dove (Narragansett), Stephanie Fielding (Mohegan), and Ruth Garby-Torres and Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke).
At 600 pages, we really only scratched the surface of all the writing that Native people have produced, from Maine to Connecticut. So I’m using this blog to review individual books, especially newer publications; and I’ve started an online anthology in the hopes that tribal historians, writers, and others will be encouraged to upload, “curate,” and comment on more writing. If you’re interested in learning how to participate, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re totally unfamiliar with “indigenous New England,” here is a VERY rudimentary map. It shows only tribal headquarters for federally recognized tribes; there are many more “unrecognized” bands, as well as communities and families living off-reservation, which I’ll try to add as time goes on.