Neespaugot: The Legend of the Indian’s Coin brings to the reader a tale of history that centers around an old coin given to the Indian Runinniduk for his services to the white settlers of an area in Rhode Island. While the story is fictional it is based on true events that present us with history that few may be aware of. We follow the coin as it is passed from hand to hand and generation to generation. The coin seems to embody the strength of the old Indian and that is what carries through when his descendants face trouble and hard times. And in no uncertain terms their lives are anything but easy.
I adore books that take a seemingly obscure object and explore the history connected with that object. When I come across a family heirloom I often wonder where that object got its start, whose hands it has passed through, and how it may have influenced the lives of others. Add in true historical facts and I’m hooked. It is my belief that if history was taught through story-telling more of us might have been interested.
In Neespaugot: The Legend of the Indian’s Coin we are treated to a wonderfully written and researched story that highlights several social problems still alive today. In fact, the Indian Runinniduk is himself of mixed origin with blonde hair and blue eyes – a pariah of sorts within his own tribe. We also follow along as the village of Neespaugot grows over the centuries into a modern town with all the vices and virtues thereof. Some readers may find the early chapters a bit slow but I urge you to stick with the story. Plenty of action, adventure, intrigue, and a bit of Puritan style romance make this a well rounded book.
I received a copy of this book from Teddy at Virtual Authors Tour; this in no way influenced my review.
Rating: 5 stars
- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Brandt Street Press (May 29, 2017)
- ISBN-13: 978-0974260792
- Genres: Historical, Native American