Norridgewock Indian Chiefs and Leaders

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Hopehood. A Norridgewock chief, known among his people as Wahowa, or Wohawa, who acquired considerable notoriety in E. New England in the latter part of the 17th century. He was the son of a chief called Robinhood. Hopehood’s career is pronounced by Drake (Ind. Biog., 130, 1832) to have been one of long and bloody exploits. He first appears as a participant in King Philip’s war, when he made an attack on a house filled with women and children at Newichawanoc, about the site of Berwick, Me. ; all escaped, however, except two children and the woman who bravely bar red and defended the door. In 1676 he was one of the leaders of the E. New England tribes who held consultation with the English at Taconnet, Me. In 1685 he joined Kankamagus and other sachems in a letter to Gov. Cranfield of New Hampshire, protesting against the endeavor of the English to urge the Mohawk to attack them. On Mar. 18, 1690, he joined the French under Hertel in a massacre at Salmon falls, and in May attacked Fox Point, N. H., burning several houses, killing 14 persons, and carrying away 6 others. Not long afterward he penetrated the Iroquois country, where some Canadian Indians, mistaking him for an Iroquois, slew him and several of his companions. Hopehood was at one time a captive in the hands of the English and served as a slave for a season in Boston. (C. T. )

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Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Frederick Webb Hodge, 1906

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Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. Web. 13 December 2014. - Last updated on Nov 7th, 2013


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