By Laurence M. Hauptman
Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) used to be a adorned army veteran who served within the Spanish-American battle, a talented mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped boost the Iroquois Village on the manhattan nation reasonable. He used to be additionally a historian, linguist, thinker, and early chief of the Oneida land claims stream. even if, his repute one of the Oneida humans and between lots of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries at the present time rests along with his occupation as an inventor.
In the period of Thomas Edison, Scanandoah challenged the stereotypes of the day that too usually portrayed local americans as primitive, pre-technological, and faraway from modernity. In An Oneida Indian in international Waters, Hauptman attracts from Scanandoah’s personal letters; his court docket, legislative, and congressional testimony; army files; and 40 years of fieldwork event to chronicle his striking existence and comprehend the important effect Scanandoah had at the destiny of his humans. regardless of being clear of his place of origin for a lot of his existence, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to avoid the lack of the final closing Oneida lands in long island country. with out Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust relations, Oneida lifestyles in ny could have been completely extinguished. Hauptman’s biography not just illuminates the extreme lifetime of Scanandoah but additionally sheds new mild at the fight to take care of tribal identification within the face of an more and more reduced homeland.
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