It will be of interest to historical archaeologists and ethnographers working with Indian communities, especially in the east, for its insights into how to read these necropolitan landscapes and for what it has to say about a more politically engaged archaeological practice.
Becoming Brothertown is a significant addition to historical archaeology and the study of ethnic identites. 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
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