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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Council of the Onondaga Turtle Clan

[This information is from Vol. I, p. 119 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Council of the Onondaga Turtle Clan.

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Photo: Council of the Onondaga Turtle Clan.

Four principal chiefs of the great Onondaga nation have met for a clan council. The turtle clan has some matter of importance to bring before the nation. One chief is arguing the subject while the clan matron views his attitude with disfavor, instructing her spokesman what to reply for her and all the women of the clan. The bark house is genuine and was once inhabited by the Indians.

Iroquois Indian Exhibit — Onondaga Council House. State Museum, Education Building, Albany, N. Y.

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