By Charles Gehring
In 1634, the Dutch West India corporation was once frightened to understand why the fur exchange from New Netherland were declining, so the corporate despatched 3 staff some distance into Iroquois kingdom to enquire. Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert led the excursion from citadel Orange (present-day Albany, NY). His is the earliest recognized description of the internal of what's this day big apple kingdom and its seventeenth-century local population.
Van den Bogaert was once a prepared observer, and his magazine isn't just an everyday log of the place the excursion celebration traveled; it's also an in depth account of the Mohawks and the Oneidas: the settlements, modes of subsistence, and therapeutic rituals. Van den Bogaert's awesome wordlist is the earliest identified recorded vocabulary of the Mohawk language.
Gehring's translation and Starna's annotations offer critical fabric for anthropologists, ethnohistorians, linguists, and a person with a unique curiosity in local American experiences. Michelson's present additions to the wordlist of Mohawk equivalents with English glosses (wherever attainable) and his professional research of the language within the local American passages supply a worthy new size to this version of the journal.
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6 JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK AND ONEIDA COUNTRY 16 ditto. In the afternoon a good hunter named SICKARIS came here who wanted us to go with him very much and carry our goods to his castle. He offered to let us sleep in his house and stay there as long as we pleased. 28 After we had gone 1/2 mile over the ice we saw a village with only 6 houses. It was called CANOWARODE,29 but we did not enter it because he said it was not worth much. 30 This one was like the other, saying also that it was not worth much.
White” for $800, a considerable sum at the time. Apparently, Westover was first told of the existence of the manuscript by Dr. William Elliott Griffis (1843–1928), a former pastor of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, who also indicated that the owner was a “Mr. White” from Brooklyn. “Mr. White” was William Augustus White (1843–1927), a wealthy manufacturer, bibliophile, and collector, and a close friend of a vice-president of General Electric, which was headquartered in Schenectady. At Westover’s request, he brought the journal to Schenectady, where it was shown to A.
Also corresponding with Frey was Myron F. Westover, a past president of the Schenectady Historical Society. He informed Frey that the journal had been purchased by a “Mr. White” for $800, a considerable sum at the time. Apparently, Westover was first told of the existence of the manuscript by Dr. William Elliott Griffis (1843–1928), a former pastor of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, who also indicated that the owner was a “Mr. White” from Brooklyn. “Mr. White” was William Augustus White (1843–1927), a wealthy manufacturer, bibliophile, and collector, and a close friend of a vice-president of General Electric, which was headquartered in Schenectady.
A Journey Into Mohawk and Oneida Country 1634-1635: The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz Van Den Bogaert Revised Edition by Charles Gehring