Dispersed but Not Destroyed

A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People

Kathryn Magee Labelle

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.
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