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Social Science Native American Studies

Glimpses of Oneida Life

by (author) Karin Michelson, Norma Kennedy & Mercy A. Doxtator

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Native American Studies, Native American Languages, General
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    Mar 2016
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    Mar 2016
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    May 2016
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Glimpses of Oneida Life is a remarkable compilation of modern stories of community life at the Oneida Nation of the Thames Settlement and the surrounding area. With topics ranging from work experiences and Oneida customs to pranks, humorous encounters, and ghost stories, these fifty-two unscripted narrations and conversations in Oneida represent a rare collection of first-hand Iroquoian reflections on aspects of daily life and culture not found in print elsewhere.

Each text is presented in Oneida with both an interlinear, word-by-word translation and a more colloquial translation in English. The book also contains a grammatical sketch of the Oneida language by Karin Michelson, co-author of the Oneida-English/English-Oneida Dictionary, that describes how words are structured and combined into larger linguistic structures, thus allowing Glimpses to be used as a teaching text as well.

The engrossing tales in Glimpses of Oneida Life will be a valuable resource for linguists and language learners, a useful source for those studying the history and culture of Iroquois people in the twentieth-century, and an entertaining read for anyone interested in everyday First Nations life in southern Ontario.

About the authors

Karin Michelson is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, State University of New York.

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Norma Kennedy has taught the Oneida language in New York and Ontario for more than twenty-five years. She is a master speaker at the Oneida Language and Cultural Center at the Oneida Nation of the Thames.

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Mercy Doxtator (1936–2005) taught the Oneida language for almost twenty-five years at the Oneida Nation of the Thames, where she was the founder and director of the Oneida Language and Cultural Center.

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