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Creatures of EmpireHow Domestic Animals Transformed Early America$
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Virginia DeJohn Anderson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158601.001.0001

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Chickwallop and the Strange Beast

Chickwallop and the Strange Beast

Indians and Animals in Early America

(p.15) Chapter One Chickwallop and the Strange Beast
Creatures of Empire

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

Oxford University Press

Indians’ ideas about animals — rooted in spiritual conceptions that recognized no sharp distinction between the natural and supernatural worlds — shaped native peoples’ responses to colonial livestock. This chapter discusses the place of animals in Native American societies in New England and the Chesapeake region, focusing on religious beliefs, hunting practices, and ideas about animals as property. It also discusses how colonists misunderstood both Indian ideas and practices.

Keywords:   Native American, livestock, New England, Chesapeake, religious beliefs, hunting, property

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