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Master of Arts (MA)




Douglas G. Haring


Onondaga County (New York), Iroquois Confederacy, Iroquois, Museums, Central New York

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This thesis is concerned with the problem of proposing an Onondaga County site museum devoted to the Iroquois Period. In Central New York the Seventeenth Century is considered as being the Iroquois Period because of an important role played by the Iroquois Confed[er]acy. During that century the Iroquois were known to distant Indian groups, as well as to many nations of Europe, because of the Iroquois wars and the accounts of traders, missionaries and soldiers. The Iroquois not only represent the culmination of approximately five thousand years of Indian occupation in Central New York, but the constitution of the League of the Five Nations represents the epitome of Woodland Democracy.


The thesis states that when Onondaga 1684-1696 is thought of as a possible site museum, it should be considered synonymous with a proposed research center. The site museum should serve as a field school in archaeology, as well as ethnology. Possibly this is the missing link between the "amateur" and the professional archaeologist. Regardless, the site museum at Onondaga 1684-1696 should serve as the clearing house of Iroquois Studies.


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