Shawn Wiemann Interview

Hey all,

Today I am posting my interview with Dr. Shawn Wiemann of Onondaga Community College. Dr. Wiemann’s work has been focused on the Algonquins and Cassacinamon, but provided some insightful quotes on academia and the role of academics in neighborly conversation with Native nations.

  • The need to include Native American influences and voices into history as “relevant…or historically honorable way” of talking about colonial politics.
  • The “multicultural awareness of interaction” in colonial history.
  • The need for historians and academics in these fields to “approach your role as an ally” rather than co-opting.
  • How many academics are doing this for their personal gain. To “not [be] in your ivory tower” but “engaged in these conversations and dialogs” with Native voices.

Without further ado, here are some clips:

The entire interview can be found here:

Shawn Wiemann Interview


As always, all the best,


The Adirondacks and Six Nations Indian Museum

Hey everybody,

I come to you today extremely tired. The drive to and from the Six Nation Indian Museum, while scenic, is difficult one alone. It was dampened even more so when I learned the museum was closed until July 1st! This put me in a sort of damper, but I contacted my mentor, Dr. Blansett, and he reassured that my drive was not in vain. In his best, go-get-em-tiger style email, he told me not to waste my time in Onchiota and perhaps call John Fadden, the director of the Six Nations Indian Museum directly. So I did. While I patiently waited for his reply, I took the most of my opportunity and visited Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) which offered gorgeous trails through and beautiful views of the Adirondacks. After the break, please look into gander at some of the sights I was blessed to take in as well as Mr. Fadden’s reply.

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Tightening My Focus

Hi, everyone,

As I relaxed towards the end of my first day in Syracuse, my mind kept coming back to a question I was asked earlier in the day. A local professor with whom I met with for coffee politely, but bluntly, asked why I chose to focus on the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and wampum. I answered nervously, wondering if I could possibly give a “wrong” response. He listened intently and afforded advice where he could. (Which, to be fair, was in a lot of places.) But the question remained: what do I hope to accomplish with this research? Who am I helping? What does this do for both the academic world and the larger public as a whole? This professor asked these questions and forced me to unpack my thesis with intent; scholarship surrounding the Haudenosaunee Confederacy has a complicated relationship with the members of the nations themselves.

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