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This site is a companion to Dawnland Voices: Indigenous Writings from New England, edited by Siobhan Senier with 11 tribal editors and published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press.  Both the anthology and this website showcase the wide variety of literature produced by Native people from this region. Tribal archives and contemporary authors are contributing individual items from their collections: letters, political petitions, stories, and photographs. You can explore these items on a map of the area, browse them according to the tribal nations represented here, or visit some of our exhibits.  You can read new writing in our online magazine, Dawnland Voices 2.0.

This pilot website has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will support tribal historians and archivists interested in digitizing and contributing portions of their collections. Partners in this first round include the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Center, the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, and Wampanoag elders Joan Tavares Avant and Linda Coombs. Further support has been provided by the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities.

For more information, or to get involved in this project, please contact Prof. Senier at You can also follow @ssenier (and @DawnlandVoices) on Twitter; join our Facebook group; or read this blog, which reviews new books and research in this area. Prof. Senier also maintains an open bibliography of writing by and about Native Americans from New England, as well as a discussion group at Goodreads.