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By Charles Gehring

ISBN-10: 081563322X

ISBN-13: 9780815633228

In 1634, the Dutch West India corporation was once worried to grasp why the fur alternate from New Netherland have been declining, so the corporate despatched 3 staff a long way into Iroquois state to enquire. Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert led the excursion from citadel Orange (present-day Albany, NY). His is the earliest identified description of the internal of what's at the present time long island nation and its seventeenth-century local population.

Van den Bogaert was once a willing observer, and his magazine isn't just a regular log of the place the excursion get together traveled; it's also a close account of the Mohawks and the Oneidas: the settlements, modes of subsistence, and therapeutic rituals. Van den Bogaert's striking wordlist is the earliest identified recorded vocabulary of the Mohawk language.

Gehring's translation and Starna's annotations offer integral fabric for anthropologists, ethnohistorians, linguists, and an individual with a unique curiosity in local American experiences. Michelson's present additions to the wordlist of Mohawk equivalents with English glosses (wherever attainable) and his specialist research of the language within the local American passages provide a beneficial new size to this variation of the journal.

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Today we were twice invited to feast on bear meat and salmon. 18 JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK AND ONEIDA COUNTRY January 3. Some old men came to us and said that they wanted to be our friends, and that we must not be afraid. Whereupon I told them that we were not afraid. Toward midday they gathered their council here with 24 men. After they had conferred for a long time, an old man came to me and felt whether my heart was beating against his hand. When he shouted that we were not afraid, 6 more men came from the council, and they presented us with a beaver coat.

Jan 5 I bought four dried salmon and two pieces of bear meat that was nine inches thick; there was some here even thicker. Today we ate beans cooked with bear meat. Otherwise nothing occurred. Jan. 6. Nothing in particular happened other than I was shown some stones with which they make fire when they go into the woods, and which are scarce. 95 Jan. 96 He said that our people were very troubled because we did not return, thinking that we had been killed. We ate 22 JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK AND ONEIDA COUNTRY here fresh salmon that had been caught but two days ago.

The location of the original journal is unknown; however, it is possible that it became part of the extensive records of the West India Company archives in Amsterdam, which were disposed of in 1674 when the Company was reorganized. The history of the manuscript and its ultimate acquisition by the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California, is an interesting account in itself. 21 J. 22 General James Grant Wilson (1832–1914) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. One year later, his family emigrated to the United States, taking up residence in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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