David Stewart-Smith begins this program with the last part of the Woodland Period, when Indians in northern New England were faced with several challenges. By the time of French and English exploration in the region, strong tribal alliances had begun to center along southeastern Maine, coastal and central New Hampshire, and the north shore of Massachusetts. These relationships became known as the Pennacook alliance; a confederacy of about 16 tribal and family groups that held together through severe climate change, European colonization, devastating epidemic disease, and intertribal warfare. Here we see Passaconaway, the chief of the Pennacook, rise to power and place his family in the mainstream of colonial interaction. The program concludes with King Philip's War and subsequent events just prior to the turn of the 18th century.
Funded project of the New Hampshite Humanities Council. The New Hampshire Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.