The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River

Category: Book
By (author): Hill, Susan M.
Series: Critical Studies In Native History
Subject:  HISTORY / Native American
  HISTORY / North America
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Published: April 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*If one seeks to understand Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) history, one must consider the history of Haudenosaunee land. For countless generations prior to European contact, land and territory informed Haudenosaunee thought and philosophy, and was a primary determinant of Haudenosaunee identity. In The Clay We Are Made Of, Susan M. Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story through European contact to contemporary land claims negotiations. She incorporates Indigenous theory, Fourth world post-colonialism, and Amerindian autohistory, along with Haudenosaunee languages, oral records, and wampum strings to provide the most comprehensive account of the Haudenosaunee's relationship to their land. Hill outlines the basic principles and historical knowledge contained within four key epics passed down through Haudenosaunee cultural history. She highlights the political role of women in land negotiations and dispels their misrepresentation in the scholarly canon. She guides the reader through treaty relationships with Dutch, French, and British settler nations, including the Kaswentha/Two-Row Wampum (the precursor to all future Haudenosaunee-European treaties), the Covenant Chain, the Nanfan Treaty, and the Haldimand Proclamation, and concludes with a discussion of the current problematic relationships between the Grand River Haudenosaunee, the Crown, and the Canadian government.
From The Publisher*In The Clay We Are Made Of, Susan M. Hill presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story through European contact to contemporary land claims negotiations.
Review Quote*"The Clay We Are Made Of is an impressive book. Hill situates herself as a community based scholar and yet manifests the ability, as Lakota historian Philip Deloria has recently recommended, ‘to look the Euro-American archive full in the face.' Hill's project is truly at the cutting edge of Indigenous North American studies, one which promises to eradicate some of the barriers separating Indigenous communities from the individuals who study them. Informed by close readings of Haudenosaunee tradition and untapped archival sources, this book maps out the story of the Grand River's people in a fresh and compelling narrative that overturns many previously held assumptions about the extent of Haudenosaunee agency vis-a-vis the Canadian settler state."-Jon Parmenter, Cornell University
Biographical NoteSusan Hill is a Haudenosaunee citizen (Wolf Clan, Mohawk Nation) and resident of Ohswe:ken (Grand River Territory). She is an assistant professor of Indigenous Studies and Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford.