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Research Presentation: Iroquois Diplomacy and Dispossession

December 7, 2018

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Rome Historical Society

Phone: (315) 336-5870

www.romehistoricalsociety.org

200 Church Street

Rome, NY 13440

Dr. Matthew Hill and Dr. Jon Parmenter will present a new study titled: “The Fort Stanwix Treaties: An Ethnohistory of Iroquois Diplomacy and Dispossession.” This presentation will take place at 11 a.m., at the Rome Historical Society.

Many are aware of the significance of Fort Stanwix during the American Revolution, but few realize the importance of the fort as a site for treaty council negotiations in the 18th century. Of these events,  Hill and Parmenter state: “The 1768 Fort Stanwix Treaty between the Iroquois and Great Britain had the distinction of being the largest Indian treaty council to that date (over 3,000 Native people attended) and also witnessing the largest Indian land cession in colonial American history.”

Dr. Parmenter is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Cornell University and a renowned historian who specializes in the history of indigenous people in the Northeast. Dr. Hill is Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology with the Center for Heritage and Society at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“By examining the processes of diplomacy and the people that influenced the dispossession of land during the 18th Century, Hill and Parmenter provide a different perspective on the treaties signed at Fort Stanwix,” stated Keith Routley, Supervisory Curator at Fort Stanwix. “We are excited to hear the results of their research and share it with the community.” 

The National Park Service funded this Ethnographic Overview Assessment so that the cultural significance of the treaties could be better understood and presented to the public through special presentations, interpretive programming, and other events.