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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
The Seneca Hunter's Family

[This information is from Vol. I, p. 129 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Harvest Time Among the Senecas.

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Photo: The Seneca Hunter's Family.

This group, representing the hunting phase of Indian life, depicts a Seneca hunter and his family posed before their lodge. The hunter is coming with a fawn, the wife is preparing a skin for tanning, the older son in the costume of a warrior, is trying his bow, the daughter is preparing jerked venison and the younger son is chopping down a tree. Hunting, the quest for meat-food, was difficult and arduous. The background scene shows Genundewa, the sacred hill of the Senecas, on Canadaigua Lake; the time, early morning in the spring of the year.

Iroquois Indian Exhibit — Seneca Hunter Group — Scene, Canandaigua Lake. State Museum, Education Building, Albany, N. Y.

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