Gideon's Calling: The Founding and Development of the Schaghticoke Indian Community at Kent, Connecticut, 1638-1854


Who were the Schaghticoke Indians? Where did they come from? Were they native to the Kent, Connecticut area? Did they represent the amalgamation of many tribal remnants or were they the continuation of a single historical tribe? The Schaghticoke Indians appeared as a result of historical occurrences at work both far and near. Schaghticoke was the product of two cultures in collision and its consequences. Schaghticoke as a community did not pre-exist the advent of continuous historical contact with Europeans but was created by it. This community had no one single source, it did not emerge from a single people. The origins and background of the people of Schaghticoke were legion. Schaghticoke represented a continuation not of a tribe or tribes, but of individuals’ disrupted lives. Individuals who, for personal reasons we will never entirely know, sought shelter from the storm of change at “a bow in the river” at Gideon’s calling. This is their story. Maps, appendices and an index to names, places and subjects add to the value of this work.

James P. Lynch

2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 194 pp.

ISBN: 9780788442483