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Object Name File, Document
Title Native American Documents
Scope & Content One box of archival material related to Native Americans.
Box includes:
- multiple copies of exhibit catalogs from society exhibits on Native Americans, 1963 (3 copies) and 1988 (6 copies)
- photographs of "so called" Native American locations in LC
- photographs of Native American stone implements
- a manuscript on the Sakonnets
- a laminated early Native American timeline
- a book entitled "The New England Indians", an illustrated source book
- miscellaneous research materials including newspaper clippings, small pamphlets, and internet research.

The Indians of Little Compton were the Sakonnet Tribe. The spelling today is different from 1675, when Benjamin Church called it Sogkonate. The Sakonnets were a subtribe of the Wampanoag whose villages extended from Mount Hope, the seat of the Chief of Sachems like Massoit and his sons Alexander and Philip, to Cape Cod and the islands of Southeastern New England.

The meaning of Native American words is less well know than the sound. Early white settlers recogized that Sakonnet was associated with swampy areas where wild geese were hunted. Thus became the romantic description, "Haunt of the Wild Goose".

The Squaw Sachem of the Sakonnets in the 1670s was Awashonks. Her first husband was called Tolony and he was Chief of the Sakonnets and when died she inherited his position.
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 2007.2960
Extent of Description one box, measures: h 10.5" x w 5.25" x d 15.5"
paper, photos, newsprint
Source unknown
Date Various
Subjects Native American
Sakonnet