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Dispersed but Not Destroyed

A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People

Situated within the area stretching from Georgian Bay in the north to Lake Simcoe in the east, the Wendat Confederacy flourished for two hundred years. By the mid-seventeenth century, however, Wendat society was threatened by European disease and Iroquois attacks. Dispersed but Not Destroyed depicts the creation of a powerful Wendat diaspora in the wake of their dispersal and throughout the latter half of the century. Turning the story of the Wendat conquest on its head, this book demonstrates the resiliency of the Wendat people and writes a new chapter in North American history.

288 pages

Table of Contents

A Brief Chronology: Selected Wendat Events and Migration, 1400-1701


Part 1: Resistance

1 Disease and Diplomacy: The Loss of Leadership and Life in Wendake

2 A Culture of War: Wendat War Chiefs and Nadowek Conflicts before 1649

Part 2: Evacuation and Relocation

3 Wendat Country: Gahoendoe Island and the Cost of Remaining Close

4 Anishinaabe Neighbours: The Coalition

5 The West: The Country of the People of the Sea

6 The East: The Lorettans

7 Iroquois Country: Wendat Autonomy at Gandougare, Kahnawake, and Ganowarohare

Part 3: Diaspora

8 Leadership: Community Memory and Cultural Legacy

9 Women: Unity, Spirituality, and Social Mobility

10 Power: Sources of Strength and Survival beyond the Dispersal

Epilogue: Reconnecting the Modern Diaspora, 1999





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