Jon Parmenter is Associate Professor of History at Cornell
University. Parmenter is the author of The Edge of the Woods
as well as numerous articles on Native American studies.
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Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701
WINNER: 2010 PROSE Award Honorable Mention
Drawing on archival and published documents in several
languages, archaeological data, and Iroquois oral traditions, The
Edge of the Woods explores the ways in which spatial mobility
represented the geographic expression of Iroquois social, political,
and economic priorities. By reconstructing the late precolonial
Iroquois settlement landscape and the paths of human mobility that
constructed and sustained it, Jon Parmenter challenges the
association between Iroquois 'locality' and Iroquois 'culture,' and
more fully maps the extended terrain of physical presence and social
activity that Iroquois people inhabited. Studying patterns of
movement through and between the multiple localities in Iroquois
space, the book offers a new understanding of Iroquois peoplehood
during this period. According to Parmenter, Iroquois identities
adapted, and even strengthened, as the very shape of Iroquois
homelands changed dramatically during the seventeenth century.
B/W illustrations, 7x10, maps, notes,
bibliography, indexworld rights
520 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", October 2010