An Anthropologist Remembers
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Series: The Iroquoians and Their World
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A scholar's lifework is measured not only by what of lasting value was accomplished but also by how things were done, and to what end. A case in point is the extraordinary...
1. Upstaters in Suburbia and at Home
My career as an Iroquoianist may have been foretold three generations before my birth. The Fentons of Conewango Valley in western New York and the family of Amos Snow of the Seneca...
2. At Yale and among the Senecas
My introduction to graduate work at Yale immersed me in two realms, ethnology and prehistory. George Peter Murdock, a consummate bibliographer who could hand each student references on any ethnographic topic complete with call numbers,...
3. From Teaching to the Bureau of American Ethnology
Having defended my dissertation in May 1937, I returned to New Haven for commencement to accept the PhD. Meanwhile, I had been angling for an academic job. At some conference, Edward Sapir met Laurens Seelye, fresh from American...
4. The War and Postwar Years
Ihad barely returned to Turkey Run from Six Nations when on a December Sunday, Olive's mother, whom the children had dubbed "Bonner," had a guest from Salamanca who wished to visit Arlington Cemetery. I vividly recall standing near the Lee...
5. The National Research Council
Late in November 1951, the Division of Anthropology and Psychology of the National Research Council asked me to help organize a conference on disaster studies, a concern of the...
6. The New York State Museum
Leaving spacious quarters on the third floor of the Smithsonian tower for desk space at 2100 Constitution Avenue in 1952 had prepared me for removal to Albany two and a half years later. My research notes, a complete set of the annual reports and bulletins...
7. Research Professorship at Albany
My first priority as research professor at suny Albany was to prepare a copy of Father J. F. Lafitau's "Customs of the Indians," which I had begun with Elizabeth Moore in 1939, for the editors of the Champlain Society of Toronto. The project had...
8. Life after University
Having retired from the university in June 1979, at age seventy, I became distinguished professor emeritus, activated my pensions, and devoted my energy to research and the writing of four books, including this one. During my first year...
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