This website is a digital awikhigan, and a companion to the book Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, available in print and e-book versions from Yale University Press. Through words, images, and maps, the site illuminates networks of relations in Native space during the seventeenth century. Users can consult the site as they read the book, or navigate the site independently.
Awikhigan is an Abenaki word which originally referred to birchbark maps and scrolls, but came to encompass letters, petitions, maps, books and works of art. In our time, this word extends to encompass our creations in digital space. The word is fluid and thus adaptable to many contexts, including both colonization and Indigenous innovation. The prefix awik– means to draw, to map, to write. The suffix –igan means a tool or instrument. This digital awikhigan is a tool to help us to navigate the complex historical terrain from which we have emerged.