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Onkwehowekah: Haudenosaunee Worldview and its influence on the American Women’s Suffrage Movement

One of the first differences settler colonists noticed about the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America), was the leadership roles of women, in daily life, in negotiations with other tribes and colonies, and in ceremony. New York suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage were inspired and influenced by their Haudenosaunee neighbors, especially the Haudenosaunee worldview focused on the equitable treatment of men and women in society. Join NYSM curators of history and cultural anthropology, Ashley Hopkins-Benton and Dr. Gwen Saul in conversation with special guest Michelle Schenandoah (Oneida Nation) about this significant part of women’s suffrage history, the roles of Haudenosaunee women today, and Michelle’s foundational work for Rematriation Magazine.

Additional Resources: Rematriation - https://rematriation.com/
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View image of Bourgeoisie Turquoise Iroquois by Leah Shenandoah - http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/file/5641