By Laurence M. Hauptman

Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) was once a embellished army veteran who served within the Spanish-American struggle, a talented mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped boost the Iroquois Village on the long island 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 a lot of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries this present day rests together with his profession 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 adventure to chronicle his notable lifestyles and comprehend the important impact 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 ultimate Oneida lands in ny kingdom. with out Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust family members, Oneida lifestyles in big apple 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 id within the face of an more and more reduced homeland.

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