The Life and Legacy of Moses Tunda Tatamy, c. 1695 - c. 1761: An Indigenous Response to Colonialism in Eighteenth Century Pennsylvania: An Annotated Bibliography

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Jessica Markey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Jane Haladay

Abstract: The first time I encountered the name Moses Tunda Tatamy was while conducting research on William Penn’s early relationship with the Delaware Indians in the late seventeenth century. I stumbled upon one of Tatamy’s original letters addressed to Israel Pemberton, Jr. and was intrigued. As I began to find bits and pieces of Tatamy’s story, I questioned why such an influential Delaware man in Pennsylvania’s history remains relatively unkown. Despite having an entire town named after him and a state historical marker, Tatamy’s story remains relatively incomplete and underappreciated in Pennsylvania’s public memory. In fact, Indigenous people are underrepresented in Pennsylvania’s public memory in general. This annotated bibliography was created to delineate a number of primary and secondary sources relating to the life and legacy of Moses Tunda Tatamy. Not only do these sources help recreate the story of Tatamy’s life, but they show an Indigenous response to colonialism in eighteenth century Pennsylvania. The unique way in which Tatamy responded to a host of colonial pressures demonstrates the power of agency amongst historically oppressed people advocating for justice. This annotated bibliography will provide the framework for future research and discussion. It is my hope that this research will encourage people to use the story of Moses Tatamy to spark conversations about the Delaware experience in colonial Pennsylvania and how it can be better represented and taught throughout the state.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2017
Tunda Tatamy, William Penn, Pennsylvania, indigenous people, native american, history, colonialism

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