Pocumtucks in Deerfield

As part of a study of colonial and Native American history, class members focus on the beliefs and land use of the Pocumtucks, who settled near Deerfield, Massachusetts. Learners examine their beliefs about land use and ownership, the beaver trade with Europeans, and the consequences of this trade.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project images of beaver fur and felt hats, along with their prices
Classroom Considerations

  • The first in a series of eight resources focusing on Native American history
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Background information, primary source documents, and images are included in the resource
Cons

  • None