Tomahawk: Materiality and Depictions of the Haudenosaunee

  title={Tomahawk: Materiality and Depictions of the Haudenosaunee},
  author={S. Stevens},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={475 - 511}
  • S. Stevens
  • Published 2018
  • History
  • Early American Literature
  • Abstract:The article investigates the enduring stereotype of the cruel and warlike Iroquois in early American writings and visual representations. It looks at the tomahawk as a material object that reifies this stereotype and appears repeatedly across visual, written, and material culture through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By triangulating the archives of the library, the gallery, and the museum, the article is intended to better understand this enduring legacy of violence… CONTINUE READING


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