Indigenous History of Westwood, Massachusetts
Native Sites in Westwood
The majority of my research centers around these 6 Native Sites. The first two on this page, Nahatan Street and Noanet Pond, are included because they have been given names of Native leaders. The next two were chosen because archaeological research suggests that they were used extensively by Massachusett peoples. The last two have appeared in historical records of settlers as sites and roads used by Native people. This suggests that the term "Native Site" has multiple meanings and connotations.
Non-Native people have a history of naming places, roads, and sites after the peoples they have sought to remove (see the Settler Replacement section under "Mission Statement and Purpose") This website reflects an effort to reclaim a more accurate history of the people who stewarded the land before colonizers came, as well as many sites that still bear their names.