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Schaghticoke basketmakers Rachel Mauwee and her sister Abigail Mauwee holding woodsplint baskets on the Schaghticoke reservation about 1890-1894. With them are Abigail’s son James Harris – a basketmaker, rattlesnake handler, minister, and the postman for Gaylordsville – and tribal leader Value Kilson, listed in the U.S. census as a collier. (Lucianne Levin, Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples-What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures, Yale University Press: 2013, pg. 346)

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