Journal Article
The “Indianized” Landscape of Massachusetts

Parks, streets, natural landmarks, and monuments abound in the Boston environment that bear “Indian” names and that are the backdrop to the everyday life of Massachusetts citizens. In this article, Jarzombek takes a close look that that cultural landscape to point out how this type of “Indianization” mostly from the period of the late 19thcentury to the mid 20th reflected – and continues to reflect - the settler colonial understanding of “Indians” as either groups who willingly sold land or were otherwise so-called “friends of the white men.” This landscape is not neutral, but part of what he calls the teleology of erasure. In the age of acknowledgement, the issue of how to deal with this cultural landscape becomes all the more pressing and is one that reaches deep into the question of citizenship.

 

 https://placesjournal.org/article/the-indianized-landscape-of-massachusetts/

Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsJarzombek M
JournalPlaces
Date Published2/2021
Abstract

Parks, streets, natural landmarks, and monuments abound in the Boston environment that bear “Indian” names and that are the backdrop to the everyday life of Massachusetts citizens. In this article, Jarzombek takes a close look that that cultural landscape to point out how this type of “Indianization” mostly from the period of the late 19thcentury to the mid 20th reflected – and continues to reflect - the settler colonial understanding of “Indians” as either groups who willingly sold land or were otherwise so-called “friends of the white men.” This landscape is not neutral, but part of what he calls the teleology of erasure. In the age of acknowledgement, the issue of how to deal with this cultural landscape becomes all the more pressing and is one that reaches deep into the question of citizenship.

 

 https://placesjournal.org/article/the-indianized-landscape-of-massachusetts/