Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
In 1891 in Onset, Massachusetts, on the banks of the East River, a small group of Spiritualists met with the purpose of establishing a sacred place where they could channel the spirits of deceased Indians for the purposes of offering free healing services. Referring to themselves as the On-i-set Wigwam Co-Workers, they constructed a Wigwam that featured Native American artifacts, curios, and romanticized portraits of Indian spirit guides. This thesis explores aspects of gender, race, commercial and sacred spaces, and their intersection at the Wigwam Spiritualist Temple.
Angelo, Bernadine Rose, "Beckoning the Red Man's Spirit: Exploring the Boundaries of Gender, Race, Sacred and Commercial Spaces at the Wigwam Spiritualist Temple, Onset, Massachusetts, 1880--1913" (2010). Graduate Masters Theses. 20.