A Longhouse Fragmented is a historic ethnography of the Ohio Iroquois and, in particular, of the people known as the Seneca of Sandusky during the early nineteenth century. Using contemporary social theory and interdisciplinary methodologies, Brian Joseph Gilley tells the social history of the Native peoples of Ohio before and during the sociopolitical buildup to removal. As culturally, geographically, and socially displaced Iroquois, the Sandusky Iroquois were fragmented away from American historiographical constructions of Iroquois social history by the American Indian academic establishment. This fragmentation makes the early cultural history of the Ohio Iroquois an ideal foil through which to consider how normalized interpretations of social history come to appear real and have real effects for the subject societies well into the twentieth century. These stories are intended to begin an overdue conversation about the effects of a unified Iroquois history congealed around highly specific categories of knowledge.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Brian Joseph Gilley is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country and the coeditor (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, and Scott Lauria Morgensen) of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
1. Plant-Based Sandusky Histories
2. Community Maintenance and Midwinter at Sandusky
3. Representation and Autonomy
4. Displacing the Longhouse
5. Refusing Fragmentation
Abbreviations Used in Notes