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Iroquois Indian Elders in Historical Perspective: Three Portraits
October 5, 1:00 PM
A lecture by Laurence M. Hauptman
A lecture by Laurence M. HauptmanThis presentation focuses on the lives of three major Iroquois (Hotinonshionni) Indian elders who lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through the eyes of these three centenarians, the lecturer examines the history of the Iroquois (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscadora) Indians and their struggle to maintain their culture and territory. The three elders to be discussed are: Dina A. John (1774? - 1883), a famous resident of the Onondaga Reservation and survivor of the Van Shaick Expedition. She served in the War of 1812 and became a leading artist-entrepreneur in Central New York.Skenandoa (1706? - 1816), the famous but controversial Susquehannock (Andaste) adopted by the Oneidas, who served the Americans in the American Revolution. Two of his daughters were married to Joseph Brant. A founder of the First Christian Party who was strongly influenced by Rev. Samuel Kirkland, his name appears on many "land sales" in so-called "New York-Oneida Treaties" after the American Revolution.The:wo:nya?s (1753 - 1859) (He breaks wire, needles, awls there) - Chainbreaker or Governor Blacksnake. A Seneca who fought on the British side during the American Revolution, he was the nephew of Ganyodaiyo? (Handsome Lake) and an outstanding Allegany Seneca of the early nineteenth century. He helped save the Oil Spring Reserve, laying the basis of the recently-settled land claim (June, 2005) over Cuba Lake.
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