Reading the wampum : essays on Hodinöhsö:ni' visual code and epistemological recovery
- Penelope Myrtle Kelsey.
- First edition.
- Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2014.
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- xxxi, 152 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Iroquois and their neighbors.
- Kelsey, Penelope Myrtle, author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-147) and index.
- Two row wampum in James Thomas Stevens's A bridge dead in the water and Tokinish
- The covenant chain in Eric Gansworth's fiction, poetry, memoir, and paintings : the Canandaigua treaty belt as critical indigenous economic critique
- Tribal feminist recuperation of the mother of nations in Shelley Niro's Kissed by lightning : a rematriating reading of the women's nomination belt
- Kahnawake's reclamation of adoption practices in Tracey Deer's documentary and fiction films : reading the adoption belt in a post-Indian Act era
- Conclusion: Wampum and the future of Hodinöhsö:ni' narrative epistemology.
Since the fourteenth century, Eastern Woodlands tribes have used delicate purple and white shells called "wampum" to form intricately woven belts. These wampum belts depict significant moments in the lives of the people who make up the tribes, portraying everything from weddings to treaties. Wampum belts can be used as a form of currency, but they are primarily used as a means to record significant oral narratives for future generations. In Reading the Wampum, Kelsey provides the first academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition. While Kelsey explores the aesthetic appeal of the belts, she also provides insightful analysis of how readings of wampum belts can change our understanding of specific treaty rights and land exchanges. Kelsey shows how contemporary Iroquois intellectuals and artists adapt and reconsider these traditional belts in new and innovative ways. Reading the Wampum conveys the vitality and continuance of wampum traditions in Iroquois art, literature, and community, suggesting that wampum narratives pervade and reappear in new guises with each new generation.
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- American literature > Indian authors > History and criticism.
- Indians in motion pictures.
- Iroquois art.
- Iroquois Indians > Intellectual life.
- Iroquois Indians > Social life and customs.
- Iroquois philosophy.
- Wampum belts > New York (State)
- Visual communication > New York (State)
- Knowledge, Theory of.
- Narration (Rhetoric)
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- The Iroquois and their neighbors
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- 0815633661 cloth alkaline paper
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