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Lesson 9
Comparing Lives - Suggested Answers

Answers For Student Activity Sheet

Activity #1

  Question Weetanusk Eunice Mather Williams
a. Year born 1653 1664
b. Work Collecting spruce roots for sewing
Boiling pine tar
Tracking animals
Sewing clothing and moccasins
Tanning hides
Stringing wampum
Weaving baskets
Caring for large vegetable garden
Making beer
Washing clothes
c. Roles Looking after others
Remembering old stories to pass on
Running a household (including caring for family, slaves and garrisoned soldiers)
d. Values Making good decisions
Reading and writing (because she was a minister’s daughter)
Faith in God
e. Concerns War/fear of attack by English and other Native peoples
Scarce game
Being forced to move further west from the Connecticut River
Fear of attack by Native peoples
Husband did not always receive his pay
Healthy birth

Activity #2

Eunice's items- copper kettle, cradle, a table, chairs, iron kettle, tapestry cover, shoes, snowshoes, pocket, cloak

Weetanusk's items- covered basket, wooden bowl, beads, gorget, snowshoes,moccasins, sash, copper kettle

Shared items- copper kettle, snowshoes

Activity #3

The Assault on Peskeompskut took place in 1676. Weetanusk was 23 years old and Eunice Mather Williams was 12 years old.


Answers For Class Discussion

  1. In common - childcare, caring for others, fear of attack, having enough food
    Misunderstandings - why the Native people wouldn’t leave an area the English thought they owned; why the English attacked innocent people at Peskeomskut; why the English wanted the Pocumtuck to move; why the English wanted old furs
  2. a. Eunice - the English attacked Peskeompskut to boost morale amongst their troops, to stay on the offensive, and to help stop Native peoples from attacking them and trying to force the English to give up their new settlements; the English felt victorious; in order to survive they needed to feel safe from attack, which meant driving all Native people away, if possible so they could live in permanent settlements, and own land; they felt threatened by the Native peoples who wanted them to go away; they were wrong for taking over and not being more willing to cooperate, but they felt the need to retaliate.
    b. Weetanusk - she might not have understood why Peskeompskut was attacked, versus somewhere else; she saw the massacre as wrong because there were no warriors to fight back and innocent women, children and old men were killed; her people needed access to their sources of food and a place safe from attack in order to survive; her people felt threatened by an increasing English population, by being forced to follow English laws, by disagreement over land ownership and use; she was right to feel the way she did.


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