SKU: 9780803264502

Thomas S. Abler
Grade Levels:
College, University
Cayuga, Iroquois, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Woodland
Book Type:
University of Nebraska Press
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Thomas Abler's groundbreaking publication of the memoirs of Governor Blacksnake is reissued in this American Indian Lives series from the University of Nebraska Press. Abler's original work, first issued in 1989, is updated with a new preface by the anthropologist. Abler's continuing work on the Iroquois and Seneca has provided him with new conclusions about Governor Blacksnake. This Seneca diplomatic leader and warrior fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution. He promoted peace among the New York Iroquois during the War of 1812. As a contemporary of Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Cornplanter, and Handsome Lake, Governor Blacksnake also met with George Washington. As an old man, Governor Blacksnake recorded his memoirs with another Seneca, Benjamin Williams. These manuscripts were recorded in English using Williams' unique English style. Eventually collected by Lyman Draper these Seneca memoirs have been used as source material for other historians of Iroquois history. Thomas Abler has brought the memoirs to the general reader and provided readable notes and introductory essays for improved access to this important Seneca history.

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