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Tomahawk: From Trade Good to Cultural Icon

August 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Scott Stevens

Tomahawk: From Trade Good to Cultural Icon examines the evolution of the familiar Colonial period tomahawk from a popular item of trade between Colonists and Native Americans to an almost mythical symbol of the Frontier. It’s long history as both a tool and a weapon associated with colonial confrontations has made it into an icon of supposed ‘Indian violence.’ What is the history of this object in early America and how did it come to take on cultural associations well beyond that of other weapons used during the struggle for this continent between Settlers and Native Americans?

Scott Manning Stevens, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at Syracuse University. Scott is from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. He has earned an A.B. in English from Dartmouth College and both an A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.
Scott sits on the board of the Adirondack Experience and was an active member of the Native American Advisory Committee for the new exhibition Life in the Adirondacks.


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