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Introduction

Kurt A. Jordan

in The Seneca Restoration, 1715–1754

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032511
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039428 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032511.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to address a significant problem in the historical anthropology of Six Nations Iroquois (or Haudenosaunee) peoples, namely the scholarly interpretation of eighteenth-century Iroquois society. The book argues that anthropologists' and historians' interpretations of this period have relied excessively on models and rhetoric that foreground crisis and decline, and that these interpretations have been based more on mistaken assumptions than on sustained engagement with documentary and archaeological sources. The chapter then discusses the European influence on Iroquois culture, archaeologists' reliance on indigenisms in material culture, the adoption of a cramped notion of authentic tradition by many prominent researchers in Iroquois studies, and the archaeology of eighteenth-century Iroquois communities. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Senecas; Iroquois; material culture; indigenisms; archaeology; Six Nations

Chapter.  9290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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