"Examination of the Field that American Anthropology Came about: Memorandum to Morgan and Indian 'Land Claim'"
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Examination of the Field that American Anthropology Came about: Memorandum to Morgan and Indian "Land Claim"
In this short memorandum, the author tries to give a preliminary survey on the movement
against dispossesion of Seneca Iroquois land in New York State, and Louis Henry
Morgan's committment to it. As a lover of Indian culture, and as the Grand Sachem of
the Iroquois Order, a club of young white men in Rochester, New York, Morgan was sent
in 1846 to Washington to present a petition by inhabitants of Monroe county against the
Ogden Land Company's illegal acquisition of Tonawanda reservation of Seneca Iroquois.
The relation established with Seneca led him, in 1851, publish Ho-de-no-ne, The League
of Iroqouis, now considered a classic of Anthropology of the 19th century. This
memorandum retraces the historical background of the Seneca Iroquois' land claim, on
the basis of recent historical researches, from the French and Indian War to the mid-19th
Keywords: Louis Henry Morgan, Seneca Iroquois, Land Claim