In this Book

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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The Wyandot were born of two Wendat peoples encountered by the French in the first half of the seventeenth century—the otherwise named Petun and Huron—and their history is fragmented by their dispersal between Quebec, Michigan, Kansas, and Oklahoma. This book weaves these fragmented histories together, with a focus on the mid-eighteenth century.

Author John Steckley claims that the key to consolidating the stories of the scattered Wyandot lies in their clan structure. Beginning with the half century of their initial diaspora, as interpreted through the political strategies of five clan leaders, and continuing through the eighteenth century and their shared residency with Jesuit missionaries—notably, the distinct relationships different clans established with them—Steckley reveals the resilience of the Wyandot clan structure. He draws upon rich but previously ignored sources—including baptismal, marriage, and mortuary records, and a detailed house-to-house census compiled in 1747, featuring a list of male and female elders—to illustrate the social structure of the people, including a study of both male and female leadership patterns. A record of the 1747 census and translated copies of letters sent between the Wyandot and the French are included in appendices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Chapter One: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter Two: Two Questions
  2. pp. 21-50
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  1. Chapter Three: Five Wyandot Strategists of the Late Seventeenth Century: Sastaretsi, Kandiaronk, Sk8tache, the Baron, and Quarante Sols
  2. pp. 51-74
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  1. Chapter Four: Other Nations and the Clans of the Wyandot: Missionaries and Other Strangers Enter Their Midst
  2. pp. 75-106
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  1. Chapter Five: Wyandot Participation in “Christian” Rituals
  2. pp. 107-134
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  1. Chapter Six: Wyandot Leadership: Male Political Roles
  2. pp. 135-170
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Political Roles of Wyandot Women
  2. pp. 171-202
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  1. Chapter Eight: A Summary
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Appendix A: The Census
  2. pp. 217-234
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  1. Appendix B: Wyandot Correspondence
  2. pp. 235-264
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  1. Appendix C: N’endi
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. Appendix D: Festin des Noces
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-290
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  1. References
  2. pp. 291-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-305
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  1. Series Page
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