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Frank Speck and "The Old Mohegan Indian Stone Cutter"

  • Author(s): Simmons, William S.
  • et al.

Frank Speck told a story to a Wampanoag Indian of an encounter he had with a Mohegan Indian ghost. The author interprets this story as serving two purposes. First, it created a bond between Speck and the people among whom he did research. Second, it affirmed Indian supernatural belief in a context where the scrutiny by an outside observer could possibly threaten these beliefs.

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