First and foremost, I want to give a words of thanks: to the Office of Research and Creative Activity of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, my mentor Dr. Kent Blansett, the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, along with my friends and family. Without their help, and the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences, my plan to research the Haudenosaunee Confederacy on site would have been doomed from the start. I owe each of them my deepest gratitude.
Secondly, I wish to invite everyone to follow this blog as I progress through the next sixteen day, researching in and around upstate New York. With plans to post daily, I will keep this blog updated with video, testimony, oral histories, images, and reflections of my research experience. The digitization of such material will increase its availability to the academic world, students of Indigenous cultures, and the public at large.
In the months following, I will bring the materials listed above, as well as notes from secondary sources, together into a publishable article as a final product of my work. The paper will detail the Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s use of oral tradition and wampum in pre-contact, colonial, and modern socio-political eras. I will then (hopefully) present my findings at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Creativity Fair, conferences, and classes.
For now, though, I must settle in to my temporary home and rest. There is much work to be done in the coming days. It would be my pleasure if you followed along.
All the best,