The Iroquois and Their Neighbors

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At the Font of the Marvelous

Exploring Oral Narrative and Mythic Imagery of the Iroquois and Their Neighbors

Anthony Wonderley

The folktales and myths of the Iroquois and their Algonquian neighbors rank among the most imaginatively rich and narratively coherent traditions in North America. Mostly recorded around 1900, these oral narratives preserve the voice and something of the outlook of autochthonous Americans from a bygone age, when storytelling was an important facet of daily life. Inspired by these wondrous tales, Anthony Wonderley explores their significance to the Iroquois and Algonquian religion and worldview.

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Big Medicine From Six Nations

Ted Williams

Big Medicine from Six Nations is a series of reminiscences and essays by the late Ted Williams, on the themes of "Medicine" (physical/spiritual/psychic healing). Williams intertwines the lore and lifeways of his Tuscarora upbringing, illustrating the dynamic encounter of tradition and innovation at the heart of contemporary Haudenosaunee culture. At the same time, Williams writes with an irreverence, irony, and good humor unmistakably his own.
Colored by Ted's wry and irreverent wit, Big Medicine from Six Nations amply fulfills the promise of its title. It offers a fascinating view, not only of herbal medicine, but of prayers, omens, feasts, vision quests, sweat lodges, spirits, humor, and the sacred teachings of the Great Law of the Great Peace. But readers will find that there is more to this book, about the "spiritual mechanics" of humankind writ large. Readers will discover herein a multiplicity of Big Medicine manifestations, and best of all they will get to know more about Ted Williams, Teller.

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Corey Village and the Cayuga World

Implications from Archaeology and Beyond

edited by Jack Rossen

The Cayuga are one of the original five nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a powerful alliance of Native American tribes in the Northeast, inhabiting much of the land in what is now central New York State. When their nation was destroyed in the Sullivan–Clinton campaign of 1779, the Cayuga endured 200 years of displacement. As a result, relatively little is known about the location, organization, or ambience of their ancestral villages. Perched on a triangular finger of land against steep cliffs, the sixteenth-century village of Corey represents a rare source of knowledge about the Cayuga past, transforming our understanding of how this nation lived. In Corey Village and the Cayuga World, Rossen collects data from archaeological investigations of the Corey site, including artifacts that are often neglected, such as nonprojectile lithics and ground stone. In contrast with the conventional narrative of a population in constant warfare, analysis of the site’s structure and materials suggests a peaceful landscape, including undefended settlements, free movement of people, and systematic trade and circulation of goods. These findings lead to a broad summary of Cayuga archaeological research, shedding new light on the age of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the role of the Cayuga in the American Revolution. Beyond the comprehensive analysis of artifacts, the Corey site excavation is significant for its commitment to the practice of “indigenous archaeology,” in which Native wisdom, oral history, collaboration, and participation are integral to the research.

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In the Shadow of Kinzua

The Seneca Nation of Indians since World War II

Laurence Marc Hauptman

Drawing on extensive federal, state, and tribal archival research, Hauptman explores the political background of the Kinzua dam while also providing a detailed, at times very personal account of the devastating impact the dam has had on the Seneca Nation and the resilience the tribe has shown in the face of this crisis.

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A Journey Into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634-1635

The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, Revised Edition

Charles T. Gehring

This revised edition includes a new preface, the original Dutch transcription and updated endnotes and bibliography

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Laura Cornelius Kellogg

Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Works

edited by Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu

Laura “Minnie” Cornelius Kellogg was an eloquent and fierce voice in early twentieth-century Native affairs. An organizer, author, playwright, performer, and linguist, Kellogg worked tirelessly for Wisconsin Oneida cultural self-determination when efforts to Americanize Native people reached their peak. She is best known for her extraordinary book <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Our Democracy and the American Indian (1920), as a founding member of the Society of American Indians, and activism for the Haudenosaunee land claims. In an era of government policies aimed at assimilating Indian peoples and erasing tribal identities, Kellogg advocated a transition from federal paternalism to self-government. She stood against the further loss of land, which she considered vital for keeping Native nations together and for securing economic security and political autonomy for tribal peoples. A controversial figure, alternately criticized and supported by her contemporaries, Kellogg's work has always been claimed by Haudenosaunee people and scholars, though it has not been available to a broader audience. Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu have addressed this oversight in this comprehensive book, which includes Kellogg’s writings, speeches, photographs (some never published before), Congressional testimonies, and coverage in national and international newspapers of the time. In an extensive and well-researched introduction and annotations, they show how Kellogg’s prescient thinking makes her one of the most bold and compelling Native intellectuals of her time.

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Munsee Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712-1732

A Section from the Anonymous ‘Account Book, 1711-1729’ [in Dutch] Philip John Schuyler Papers (Volume 11)

Kees-Jan Waterman

This work consists of a translated and annotated edition of an account book of the trade between a colonist of Dutch origins and approximately two hundred Munsee Indians in Ulster County, NY, from 1712 to 1732. The manuscript, originally written in Dutch, represents the only extant overview of the nature and characteristics of intercultural economic exchanges between colonists and natives along the mid-Hudson Valley. The bulk of the recorded accounts show entries from between 1717 and 1729, and around one hundred indigenous customers appear with their names listed. The editors have also included a detailed introduction and an appendix of Munsee profiles.

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An Oneida Indian in Foreign Waters

The Life of Chief Chapman Scanandoah, 1870-1953

Laurence M. Hauptman

Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) was a decorated Navy veteran who served in the Spanish-American War, a skilled mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped develop the Iroquois Village at the New York State Fair. He was also a historian, linguist, philosopher, and early leader of the Oneida land claims movement. However, his fame among the Oneida people and among many of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries today rests with his career as an inventor.

In the era of Thomas Edison, Scanandoah challenged the stereotypes of the day that too often portrayed Native Americans as primitive, pre-technological, and removed from modernity. In An Oneida Indian in Foreign Waters, Hauptman draws from Scanandoah’s own letters; his court, legislative, and congressional testimony; military records; and forty years of fieldwork experience to chronicle his remarkable life and understand the vital influence Scanandoah had on the fate of his people. Despite being away from his homeland for much of his life, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to prevent the loss of the last remaining Oneida lands in New York State. Without Scanandoah and his extended Hanyoust family, Oneida existence in New York might have been permanently extinguished. Hauptman’s biography not only illuminates the extraordinary life of Scanandoah but also sheds new light on the struggle to maintain tribal identity in the face of an increasingly diminished homeland.

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Reading the Wampum

Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery

Penelope Myrtle Kelsey

Since the fourteenth century, Eastern Woodlands tribes have used delicate purple and white shells called “wampum” to form intricately woven belts. These wampum belts depict significant moments in the lives of the people who make up the tribes, portraying everything from weddings to treaties. Wampum belts can be used as a form of currency, but they are primarily used as a means to record significant oral narratives for future generations. In Reading the Wampum, Kelsey provides the first academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition. While Kelsey explores the aesthetic appeal of the belts, she also provides insightful analysis of how readings of wampum belts can change our understanding of specific treaty rights and land exchanges. Kelsey shows how contemporary Iroquois intellectuals and artists adapt and reconsider these traditional belts in new and innovative ways. Reading the Wampum conveys the vitality and continuance of wampum traditions in Iroquois art, literature, and community, suggesting that wampum narratives pervade and reappear in new guises with each new generation.

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The Rotinonshonni

A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera

by Brian Rice

In The Rotinonshonni Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera, Brian ‘Natoway’ Rice seeks to offer a comprehensive history based on the oral traditions of the Rotinonshonni (people of the longhouse). The book has its origins in Rice’s study with traditional Cayuga royaner Jacob Thomas, who performed days-long recitations of the oral history of the Iroquois in English. Rice suggests that, “My purpose in writing this book is to not only inform the reader about the traditions of Rotinonshonni society, but to also give the reader a sense of place for those traditions. I also wanted to show that as Indigenous academics we have our own cultural based methodologies.” The book offers tellings of the Iroquois creation story, the origin of Iroquois clans, the law of peace, the European invasion, the life of Handsome Lake, and finally of Rice’s own walk 700 miles in the footsteps of the Peacemaker (founder of the Iroquois confederacy), as Rice seeks to provide a written translation into English of Iroquois oral history, taking part himself as a member of a continuous tradition.

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