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Mohegan Clergyman

Lycos Inc

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Lycos Inc

Plot No 7A Road No 12 MLA Colony

Hyderabad, Telangana 500 034

India

Company Description

Lycos, Inc. operates search and social media web sites that foster online communities, including the new Lycos Cinema community, bringing people together one flick at a time. Other Lycos products and sites include Lycos.com, Hotbot.com, Tripod.com, Angelf ... more

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Employment History

Mohegan Clergyman

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Mohegan Clergyman

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Affiliations

Board of Trustees
United Kingdom

Professor of Native American Studies
Dartmouth College

Founder
Brothertown

Member
Eleazar Wheelock's preparatory school at Lebanon , CT.

Representative
Reverend Wheelock

Education

theology

Lattin School of Eleazar Wheelock

Doctorate in Divinity

University of Edinburgh

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Biography of Dr. Eleazar Wheelock

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Rev. Wheelock had great success preparing Samson Occom for the ministry.

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Occom went on to become a popular Presbyterian minister, preaching both to Native American and colonial audiences.
Rev. Wheelock's success with Samson Occom encouraged him to pursue a school for Native American Indians, with the purpose of instilling, in the boys, elements of secular and religious education, so that they could return to their native culture as missionaries.
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Samson Occom and the English Board of Trustees headed by Lord Dartmouth were against adding a college to the school, but Rev. Wheelock persevered, and finally obtained a charter from King George III, through the efforts of John Wentworth, royal governor of New Hampshire.


American-Indian Biographies—A to Z

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Samson Occom, Mohegan clergyman


American Poetry: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (The Library of America)

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The anthology includes hymns recently attributed to Mohegan preacher Samson Occom and the earliest known translation of a traditional Native American chant, Henry Timberlake's Cherokee "War-Song."


Thornton was the treasurer of a ...

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Thornton was the treasurer of a fund raised in England from 1766 to 1768 by American colonial preachers Samson Occom and Nathaniel Whitaker for Moor's School, an Indian charity school founded by Eleazar Wheelock in Lebanon Crank, Connecticut.


Reading and Writing Indians

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Describing his travels in the year 1779 throughout New England and upstate New York, Brownell recorded his near encounter with Occom.

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As it happened, Occom was not home at the time of Brownell’s visit, but Brownell left us a most intriguing view of reading and writing in this Mohegan community.
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It is worth noting too that even though Brownell passed through the Mohegan area repeatedly in his later travels he never returned to find Occom himself at home.
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It seems that seeing Occom’s library was more than enough for Brownell to "read" and understand Samson Occom.
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A speaker of multiple languages, a gifted writer, a voracious reader, and a widely respected community leader, Samson Occom taught himself to read and write during his teenage years. In 1743, he sought out the help of the local white minister Eleazar Wheelock to further expand his education. Wheelock’s work with this extraordinary young man (who by his twenties had mastered Greek, Latin, Hebrew, as well as English, in addition to his native Mohegan language) convinced the minister to open Moor’s Indian Charity School for Native and white charity students in 1754. In 1765, Occom left his post as a minister and schoolteacher among the Montaukett tribe of Long Island to embark on a two-year journey to England to help finance Wheelock’s school, which he saw as a promising opportunity for Native people. By the time of his return, however, he and his mentor Wheelock had a bitter falling out over the use of the funds Occom had worked so hard to collect and over Wheelock’s desire to shift the direction of his school from educating Native students to serving as a college for white students. Severing his ties with Wheelock, Occom dedicated himself to the founding of Brotherton, a new kind of a pan-tribal Christian community in upstate New York.
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Frontispiece from William DeLoss Love, Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England (Boston/Chicago, 1899).
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After all, in addition to Occom, his school produced Indian writers like David Fowler (Montaukett) and Joseph Johnson (Mohegan) and an extraordinary collection of letters and accounts by various Native students, girls as well as boys.
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It is not surprising that Samson Occom described letters from his wife during this time as "chiefly mournful. None of these letters survive.
Letters that do survive show that Native families relied upon correspondence to maintain their connections to each other as they became increasingly dispersed for work or through marriage. These letters are extraordinary only for their very ordinariness. In 1763, Sarah Wyoggs fills in her brother (Samson Occom) on family news: "Brother Jonathan has had a long fit of sickness this summer … your mother is well at present, & Lucy & her family, only the youngest Child is frequently sickly, Thomas went up to Windsor last winter, came down last march & after tarr[y]ing a few days … he returned to his wife.
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"Samson Occom's House at Mohegan," artist unknown. Between pages 102 and 103 of William DeLoss Love, Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England (Boston/Chicago, 1899).
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Truth be told, even though Wheelock was eager to accept the credit for the achievements of extraordinary students like Samson Occom, his school was by no means the only way Native New Englanders became literate.
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Between pages 102 and 103 of William DeLoss Love, Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England (Boston/Chicago, 1899).
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Works like Samson Occom’s sermon were read out loud in community gatherings, as were letters of general interest and news reports.
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Joanna Brooks, The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan: Leadership and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Native America (New York, 2006); Lisa Brooks, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (Minneapolis, 2008); Kris Bross and Hilary Wyss, Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology (Amherst, Mass., 2008); Laura Arnold Liebman, Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts: A Cultural Edition (Amherst, Mass., 2008); William DeLoss Love, Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England (reissued, Syracuse, N.Y., 2000); James Dow McCallum, Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians (Hanover, N.H., 1932); Laura J. Murray, To Do Good to My Indian Brethren: The Writings of Joseph Johnson, 1751-1776 (Amherst, Mass., 1998); Hilary E. Wyss, Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America (Amherst, Mass., 2000).
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Joanna Brooks, The Collected Writings of Samson Occom, Mohegan: Leadership and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Native America (New York, 2006); Lisa Brooks, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (Minneapolis, 2008); Kris Bross and Hilary Wyss, Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology (Amherst, Mass., 2008); Laura Arnold Liebman, Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts: A Cultural Edition (Amherst, Mass., 2008); William DeLoss Love, Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England (reissued, Syracuse, N.Y., 2000); James Dow McCallum, Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians (Hanover, N.H., 1932); Laura J. Murray, To Do Good to My Indian Brethren: The Writings of Joseph Johnson, 1751-1776 (Amherst, Mass., 1998); Hilary E. Wyss, Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America (Amherst, Mass., 2000).

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