By Laurence M. Hauptman
Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) used to be a embellished military veteran who served within the Spanish-American warfare, a talented mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped increase the Iroquois Village on the big apple nation reasonable. He was once additionally a historian, linguist, thinker, and early chief of the Oneida land claims flow. in spite of the fact that, his popularity one of the Oneida humans and between lots of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries this present day rests along with his profession as an inventor.
In the period of Thomas Edison, Scanandoah challenged the stereotypes of the day that too frequently portrayed local american citizens as primitive, pre-technological, and faraway from modernity. In An Oneida Indian in overseas Waters, Hauptman attracts from Scanandoah’s personal letters; his courtroom, legislative, and congressional testimony; army files; and 40 years of fieldwork event to chronicle his extraordinary existence and comprehend the very important impression Scanandoah had at the destiny of his humans. regardless of being clear of his place of origin for a lot of his lifestyles, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to avoid the lack of the final final Oneida lands in manhattan nation. with out Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust kin, Oneida life in ny could have been completely extinguished. Hauptman’s biography not just illuminates the intense lifetime of Scanandoah but additionally sheds new gentle at the fight to keep up tribal identification within the face of an more and more lowered homeland.
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An Oneida Indian in Foreign Waters: The Life of Chief Chapman Scanandoah, 1870-1953 (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors) by Laurence M. Hauptman