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Two cultures, one cause: Biculturalism and Native American reform in the career of Arthur Caswell Parker (Gawasowaneh), 1906-1925


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This study will examine and analyze in depth the career of Arthur Caswell Parker whose work as an archaeologist, ethnologist, and Native American reformer spanned the first half of the twentieth century. Born in 1881 to an Iroquois father and Scotch-English mother, Parker's ancestral lineage included several distinguished Iroquois. He achieved prominence as archaeologist of the New York State Museum, a leading member of the Society of American Indians, secretary of the New York State Indian Commission, chairman of the Committee of One Hundred and Director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. A prolific scholar-writer, he published fourteen books, and over three-hundred articles on such topics as the history, archaeology, and ethnology of the Seneca and Native American assimilation.

The work begins with an examination of Parker's ancestral background, childhood and educational and professional training. Subsequent chapters focus on Parker's activities as an archaeologist and ethnologist, his participation in the Society of American Indians, and his contribution to Indian affairs at the state and national level. A concurrent inquiry in completing this study addresses Parker's cultural association. Was he a highly assimilated Indian who retained a Native American world view while participating in white society or a fully acculturated Indian espousing a white-oriented perspective? A general conclusion summarizes Parker's place in early-twentieth-century Native American History.

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Subject
American history;
Biographies;
Social structure
Classification
0337: American history
0304: Biographies
0700: Social structure
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Parker, Arthur Caswell
Title
Two cultures, one cause: Biculturalism and Native American reform in the career of Arthur Caswell Parker (Gawasowaneh), 1906-1925
Author
Siegel, John Robert
Number of pages
203
Publication year
1993
Degree date
1993
School code
0183
Source
DAI-A 54/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Berthrong, Donald J.; Parman, Donald L.
University/institution
Purdue University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9403786
ProQuest document ID
304095638
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304095638/previewPDF
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