By Laurence M. Hauptman
Chief Chapman Scanandoah (1870–1953) was once a adorned military veteran who served within the Spanish-American struggle, a talented mechanic, and a prize-winning agronomist who helped strengthen the Iroquois Village on the manhattan kingdom reasonable. He used to be additionally a historian, linguist, thinker, and early chief of the Oneida land claims stream. although, his popularity one of the Oneida humans and between lots of his Hodinöhsö:ni’ contemporaries this present day rests together with his occupation as an inventor.
In the period of Thomas Edison, Scanandoah challenged the stereotypes of the day that too usually 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 documents; and 40 years of fieldwork adventure to chronicle his outstanding lifestyles and comprehend the important impact Scanandoah had at the destiny of his humans. regardless of being clear of his fatherland for a lot of his lifestyles, Scanandoah fought tirelessly in federal courts to avoid the lack of the final final Oneida lands in ny country. with no Scanandoah and his prolonged Hanyoust relatives, Oneida lifestyles in manhattan 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 take care of tribal identification within the face of an more and more decreased homeland.
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