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Cornell Professor to lecture on Seneca Iroquois practices

Kurt Jordan, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at Cornell University, will talk about “Seneca Iroquois Plant and Animal Use in the Geneva Area, 1688-1779,” at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at Jordan Hall, 630 W. North St., on the campus of the State Agricultural Experiment Station.

His presentation will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. that day at the Geneva Historical Society's Prouty-Chew Museum, 543 S. Main St.

Jordan will summarize current evidence on the history of the Senecas' use of plants and animals in the area, drawing on data from archaeological excavations at two sites directed by him. The Seneca Iroquois people inhabited three sites in the Geneva area between 1688 and 1779: White Springs, the New Ganechstage Site Complex, and Kanadesaga.

Practices typically associated with the Six Nations were used throughout this period, including extensive agriculture of corn, beans and squash and supplemented by hunting, fishing and gathering. There was remarkable variety in the way these practices were conducted over time, making plant and animal use at each of these three sites distinct.

Jordan specializes in the archaeology of 17th- and 18th-century Iroquois and has conducted several excavations in the Geneva area. His book, “The Seneca Restoration, 1715-1754: An Iroquois Local Political Economy,” is scheduled to be published in 2008.

The talk, free and open to all, is presented by the Frank A. Lee Library, in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.