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Title Prediction of "De-ka-na-wi-dah" [manuscript]: of North American empire, the way it shall fall and be destroyed, [189-?]
Author Newhouse, Seth
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Manuscript signed by Seth Newhouse and in his handwriting, composed sometime after the Dawes Act in 1887. The essay summarizes the prediction of De-ka-na-wi-dah, an Iroquois prophet and statesman of the late fifteenth century, that Indian nations would be overwhelmed by a "Black Cloud" (white civilization); it offers current examples of the fulfillment of the prediction and discusses the coming millennium. Newhouse also notes the duplicity of whites as evinced by their land deals and ministers.
Names Dekanawida [De-ka-na-wi-dah]
Places Brant County, Ontario, Canada
Keywords settlers, colonialism, folklore, religion, Christianity, sale of land
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Newhouse was a Mohawk-Onondaga Indian resident of the Six Nation Indian Reserve on the Grand River in Brant County, Ontario, and author of an 1885 manuscript history and constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 628
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue