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- DescriptionThe world of the mid-nineteenth-century Seneca Indians comes vividly to life in this classic biography of missionaries Asher and Laura Wright. The Wrights lived with the Senecas for over forty years, during which they translated parts of the New Testament and hymns into the Seneca language, oversaw a periodical, and recorded much about everyday reservation life and history. Their recollections are an indispensable source of information about traditional Seneca life and the activities of missionaries among them. It was a time of intense change for the Senecas, as they withdrew from the centuries-old Iroquois Confederacy and increasingly embraced Christianity. The Wrights recall religious disputes between Christians and traditionalists on the reservation, including a contentious Christmas observance held within a longhouse, a debate over the origins of the world, and Chief Logan's fierce opposition to Christian burial rites for a relative. They helped to found and manage the first twenty years of the Thomas Asylum for Orphan and Destitute Indian Children, later kwn as the Thomas Indian School, which continued until the mid-1950s. The Wrights also provide valuable descriptions of Seneca religious ceremonies, eyewitness accounts of community events and conversions, memorable speeches by Red Jacket and Hondeuh, and many Seneca legends, origin stories, and historical accounts.
- Author BiographyHarriet S. Caswell was a nineteenth-century missionary to the Seneca and Cayuga Indians in New York state. She was the author of Walter Harland; or, Memories of the Past and The Path of Duty. Joy A. Bilharz is a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Fredonia and the author of The Allegany Senecas and the Kinzua Dam: Forced Relocation through Two Generations (Nebraska 2002). Jack T. Ericson, a retired archivist and genealogist, is the curator emeritus of the Seneca Indian Collection at the State University of New York at Fredonia and the editor of the newsletter of the Cornplanter Descendants Association.
- Author(s)Harriet S. Caswell
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2007
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note18 illustrations, map
- Weight386 g
- Width121 mm
- Height194 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Introduction byJoy Ann Bilharz
- Foreword byJack T. Ericson
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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