Manataka™ American Indian Council
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Thank you for your informative article. I have also used the Rethinking Schools curriculum for years, and Bill Bigelow's has been someone whose work I have tried to emulate. I have a local question, and I am wondering if you can help me find some research data other than what I seem to find on line.
Mary Goodenow was a girl in Northborough, MA (1707) who was chased on "her land" by "Indians who scalped her". It is part of all the literature I can find on her. I am aware that the Indigenous people who most likely would have been in the area would have been from the Nipmuc tribe (most of whom were moved into praying towns nearby). What I don't get is why Native people would suddenly come upon two girls (one who ran to safety of the garrison and Mary,who was crippled in some way -- who didn't get away.) I grew up being taught that Indians "scalped" Mary. Yet, never knew that only four years prior (as your article states) Massachusetts Bay was offering 60 bucks per Indian scalp. Revenge? Maybe not even Indians? Could white family people have dressed as Indians and killed this girl to get money? I am just curious what other perspectives are out there on this story. If you don't know this particular story, that is fine. I would love some links that might help me get to another perspective as yours does. I am not looking to solve a mystery here... but i would like what a consensus of ideas might be to this "gruesome savage attack" as so many of the original writings call it. Thanks for your time and good work!