is a significant addition to historical archaeology and the study of ethnic identities. It adds an archaeological element to the history of an important Native American movement and provides both professionals and amateurs with a compelling story.
A well-written, well-formatted, and thoroughly engaging book.
—Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology
Of interest to historical archaeologists and ethnographers working with Indian communities . . . for its insights into how to read these necropolitical landscapes and for what it has to say about a more politically engaged archaeological practice.
A well-written, insightful volume that should find a home on the shelf of any scholar interested in collaborative, decolonizing approaches to the archaeology and ethnohistory of ethnogenesis and cultural endurance.
Cipolla presents a complex case of indigenous community coalescence and migration in the face of colonialism examined through innovative multi-sited methods.
A quality example of community archaeology and ethnohistoric research.
The author synthesizes practice theory, semiotics, and a Barthian conception of ethnicity to produce a methodologically diverse and compelling argument about this group's survivance.
Cipolla brings a robust theoretical inclination to his study, and a generative consideration of the very nature and dynamics of identity formation.
—Early American Literature
This is indeed a significant contribution to the historical anthropology of coalescent communities with Indigenous roots and to archaeological approaches to ethnogenesis in Native North America.
— Martin D. Gallivan, author of James River Chiefdoms: The Rise of Social Inequality in the Chesapeake
This book considers the various means and contexts of identity formation, endurance, and change of the Brothertown Indians. Cipolla gives voice to the community—both past and present—rather than standing as interlocutor in their stead.
—Kathleen L. Hull, author of Pestilence and Persistence: Yosemite Indian Demography and Culture in Colonial California