MOHAWK - Discovering the Valley of the Crystals Copyright 2003
People Who Made a Difference
Snow - Starna - Gehring
The Dynamic Trio - of the Mohawk Valley Project
From the beginning of this Book-In-Progress, I've relied heavily on the works of others to understand the discoveries I've made and to point me in direction of new discoveries. Much of what I've learned came directly from the fruits of the Mohawk Valley Project.
The Mohawk Valley Project began in 1980 as a cooperative effort between the University of Albany and the College of Oneonta. Its original purpose was to rescue and chronologically organize as much information as possible from the "rapidly deteriorating archaeological record in the Mohawk Valley." It did much more.
This decade-long program, funded to a great extent by private and government grants, was directly and indirectly responsible for gathering and disseminating much of the current information on the early history of the Mohawk Valley. Graduate students, undergraduate students and volunteers provided the people-power to conduct archaeological digs, collect information and photographs on public and private collections of artifacts , and to collect historical documentary narratives.
These dog-eared books are helping me discover the Mohawk Valley.
In the beginning this project was spearheaded by archaeologists Dean R. Snow (Albany) and William A Starna (Oneonta). They were later joined by linguist Charles T. Gehring. Although each member of this dynamic trio has gone on to greater accomplishment, and their Mohawk Valley Project has been forgotten by many, I am forever grateful for their efforts in producing the following books:
A Journey Into Mohawk and Oneida Country 1634-1635
The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert - Translation by Gehring & Starna 1988
The Iroquois - Dean R. Snow 1994
Mohawk Valley Archaeology: The Sites - Dean R. Snow - 1995
In Mohawk Country - Early Naratives about a Native People - Snow, Gehring & Starna - 1996
I've read each of these books two to three times, and never fail to learn something new. They helped me understand the early history of the people who lived in the Mohawk Valley and guided me to ancient village sites. I've used this information to better understand and write about the Iroquois, the Mohawks, and the history of fishing, farming and hunting.
In addition to information obtained from their writings, I am indebted to Dean Snow and Charles Gehring for taking a personal interest in my efforts to discover the Mohawk Valley.
I have one regret. The Mohawk Valley Project Field School Website that provided information about the project and the participants from 1982 to 1991 no longer exists.
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