John Sawyer letter to Rev. William Jenks about Penobscot agriculture, 1810
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Maine Historical Society
John Sawyer wrote about his meetings with chiefs from the Penobscot Tribe and General Blake, regarding training in colonial settler agricultural methods and living more like the Euro-Americans.
Sawyer and Blake did not understand that Wabanaki people were experts at cultivating plants in their Homeland for millennia. Traditional foodways were disrupted as colonization efforts, like this one, radically changed Wabanaki diets and lifestyles, adversely affecting health.
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