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Red Jacket Seneca Chief by Arthur C. Parker, Thomas S. Abler


Red Jacket Seneca Chief by Arthur C. Parker, Thomas S. Abler

This is the story of the famous and controversial Seneca chief and orator Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha, ca. 1750-1830), whose passionate and articulate defense of the old ways won the admiration of many but also earned him the enmity of Chiefs Joseph Brant and Cornplanter. Red Jacket received a medal from George Washington as a token of friendship. He is remembered as a vocal and persistent opponent of foreign encroachment on the Iroquois, protesting bitterly against the sale of tribal lands and involvement in European-American disputes, missionary activities, and various efforts to civilize the Iroquois. Arthur C. Parker, a renowned scholar of the Iroquois and a member of a distinguished Seneca family, offers an engaging and highly readable account of Red Jacket's life. The biography follows Red Jacket from his early years along the Genesee River through the invasion of Seneca lands during the Revolutionary War, the Big Tree Treaty of 1797, and the rise of the prophet Handsome Lake. Parker (1881-1955) has authored several books on the Iroquois, including Seneca Myths and Folk Tales (Nebraska 1989).


... an excellent source of information on the League of the Iroquois. --Journal of the RAI, Vol 6. No. 1 March 2000

About the Author

Thomas S. Abler is a professor of anthropology at the University of Waterloo and the editor of Chainbreaker: The Revolutionary War Memoirs of Governor Blacksnake (Nebraska 1989).

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Publication date

1st June 1998


Arthur C. Parker, Thomas S. Abler

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Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press


228 pages


Biography: historical, political & military
Ethnic studies



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