Dr. Oronhyatekha

SKU: 9781459706637

Michelle A. Hamilton, Keith Jamieson
Grade Levels:
College, University
Iroquois, Mohawk
Book Type:
Dundurn Press

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Dr. Oronhyatekha: Security, Justice, and Equality written by Keith Jamieson and Michelle Hamilton is the first fill biography about the Mohawk physician Peter Martin. Known locally and worldwide as Dr. Oronhyatekha (“Burning Sky”) was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in 1841. He led an extraordinary life, rising to prominence in medicine, sports, politics, fraternalism, and business. He was one of the first Indigenous physicians in Canada, the first to attend Oxford University, a Grand River representative to the Prince of Wales during the 1860 royal tour, a Wimbledon rifle champion, the chairman of the Grand General Indian Council of Ontario, and Grand Templar of the International Order of Good Templars. He counted among his friends some of the most powerful people of the day, including John A. Macdonald and Theodore Roosevelt. He successfully challenged the racial criteria of the Independent Order of Foresters to become its first non-white member and ultimately its supreme chief ranger. At a time when First Nations peoples struggled under assimilative government policy and society’s racial assumptions, his achievements were remarkable. Oronhyatekha was raised among the Haudenosaunee who espoused security, justice, and equality as their guide. He was also raised in a Victorian society guided by God, honour, and duty. He successfully interwove these messages throughout his life, and lived as a man of significant accomplishments until his death in 1907. The book contains 83 black and white photographs, bibliography, and a helpful index.

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