In A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812, John Norton – Teyoninhokarawen, historian Carl Benn introduces, annotates, and edits part of John Norton’s memoir. John Norton was born of a Cherokee man and a Scottish woman in 1770 and adopted by the Mohawks in the 1790s. He was an influential diplomat and political figure within and beyond Indigenous society taking leadership and war chief positions among the Six Nations of the Grand River north of Lake Erie.
Mohawks on the Nile: Natives Among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-1885 is a welcome addition to the accessible historical literature about the Iroquois especially the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne, Kahnawake, and Kanehsatake. Historian Carl Benn provides a highly readable account of the contributions made by about sixty men from these three Mohawk communities and volunteered for British contingent during the relief of Khartoum in 1884.
The Iroquois in the War of 1812 fills a gap in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history by documenting the impact of this war on the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. The author explores Iroquois attempts to remain outside the conflict between the American states and the British, and their subsequent entry into the hostilities that erupted near their various communities. Historian Carl Benn focuses on Iroquois diplomacy, military, and cultural history, methods of warfare, role in various campaigns, relationships with allies, and the effects of war on the communities on each side of the border.