Jacob Orcutt

Dr. Benjamin Pykles:  Adviser

jacob orcuttFrom Wigwam to Cabin: The Use of Domestic Spaces in Pre- and Post-Contact Native Communities

By analyzing the use of space in and around Native American dwellings prior to European arrival and comparing these findings to 17th and 18th century Native domestic spaces, we can consider if and how Native American cultures adapted to European cultural norms. My research has involved an examination of historical, archaeological, and artistic evidence, including both primary and secondary sources, relating specifically to Native peoples living in southern New England. By drawing upon this interdisciplinary approach, I have constructed a more accurate portrayal of pre- and post-contact domestic spaces in one region while acquiring a unique perspective on colonization.