Dispersed but Not Destroyed
A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People
Kathryn Magee Labelle
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.
- Published: May 2014
- Subject Listing: Canadian History, Native American Studies
- Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: Usa Only
- Distributed for: UBC Press
Kathryn Magee Labelle is an assistant professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan.
"Labelle's dedication to an understanding of the Wendat/Wyandot people and their history, her meticulous scholarship, and her respectful consultation with the descendants of the diaspora have resulted in a fresh, unique, and holistic perspective on a centuries-old process of forced removal. This book contributes to an understanding of our past and as a result to our present, as we continue to mend these ancient wounds."
-Janith K. English, Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas
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