The first two centuries of contact between Native and non-Native groups set into motion new social practices, definitions of personhood, and hierarchies of class, ethnicity, race, and gender. Diana diPaolo Loren focuses on the social and material interactions between groups living east of the Mississippi River during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In Contact explores how these diverse groups lived, worked, fought, intermarried, and died while unpacking the baggage of colonial contact.
Diana DiPaolo Loren is a curator with Harvard University's Peabody Museum, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Chapter 1 Introduction to topics and themes of early colonial encounters Chapter 2 Old World Departures, New World Endings and Beginnings Chapter 3 Forging new identities by redefining space Chapter 4 Identity strategies - recasting self Chapter 5 Looking Forward Chapter 6 References