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 big apple country reasonable. He used to be additionally a historian, linguist, thinker, and early chief of the Oneida land claims stream. 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 americans as primitive, pre-technological, and faraway from modernity. In An Oneida Indian in international Waters, Hauptman attracts from Scanandoah’s personal letters; his courtroom, legislative, and congressional testimony; army files; and 40 years of fieldwork adventure to chronicle his striking lifestyles and comprehend the very important impact Scanandoah had at the destiny of his humans. regardless of being clear of his native land for far of his existence, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to avoid the lack of the final ultimate Oneida lands in long island kingdom. with out Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust kinfolk, Oneida life in long island 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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An Oneida Indian in Foreign Waters: The Life of Chief Chapman Scanandoah, 1870-1953 (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors) by Laurence M. Hauptman