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that seems to be not estimated announcer: learn more about the political cartoons sunday at 8:00 p.m. and midnight eastern. you're watching american history tv. announcer: next, timothy shannon teaches a class on colonial era diplomatic ties between the iroquois confederacy and european settlers. he describes what treaty meetings would have looked like, the role of interpreters, and the importance of exchanging gifts. welcome, everyone. today we are going to talk about diplomacy on the early american frontier between native american peoples and european peoples. we will talk about some of the customs and protocols that governed that style of diplomacy and the objectives of both
native american peoples and colonial peoples brought to those meetings. i have a painting from 1903 that is the big thing one such treaty conference that went on on the frontier of new york in the mohawk valley. you did a reading today that johnson, not am lot of contemporary american students of history know much about him, but he was a very interesting figure in the 18th century. an irish immigrant, settled on the mohawk frontier in 1740, and became very friendly with mohawk indians, who were his neighbors. ultimately, grained a great deal of influence among them and was appointed by the british crown to serve as the agent to the iroquois nation. the early 20th century wanted to depict one of these treaties that johnson convened with native americans. think about the reading you did for today.
it is providing you with a mental image of the. -- of that. a was that johnson hall, mention he built on the mohawk frontier that still stands today. if you are in upstate new york between albany and syracuse, new york, you can visit this site and visit another one of his home that predated this both of which are preserved as historic sites in new york. a really interesting story about how europeans and native americans came together on the frontier, not to fight, but actually just to talk about their differences and try to come to some kind of accommodation when they did have conflict. i want to switch from upstate new york to pennsylvania right now. if you were to travel east of gettysburg, or maybe 1.5 hours on route 30 to the town of lancaster, pennsylvania, i'm
sure some of you are familiar with lancaster. in 1744, lancaster was just this tiny little frontier community that was really on the edge of settlement in pennsylvania. but in june of 1744, a group of 250 iroquois lancaster andd in , andcarrying arms, bows arrows in tomahawks. this would cause panic among the folks that would live in this tiny frontier town. this was the quaker colony of pennsylvania. there was not even a militia to collect in fear of an attack of the iroquois. they were not there to make war, they were there for a treaty conference. they were called by the governor of pennsylvania. they marched through town, their leader singing a song of greeting to the people of lancaster.
when they got to the edge of town, they encamped. they built a camp and stayed in lancaster for about the next 2.5 weeks negotiating not only with the colony of pennsylvania, but also with delegations from the colonies of maryland and virginia, as well. this became known as the treaty of lancaster of 1744, and it was one of the more famous of these meetings that took place on the frontier between colonial government and native american peoples. benjamin franklin at the time of the lancaster treaty was working as a printer. -- printer in philadelphia. he was anxious to hear news of what was going on in lancaster. he wrote to his agent in london, fellow who sent him books, and he sent things to his agent in london to sell. he wrote to him and included this description of what was going on in lancaster.
a treaty in a play 60 miles west of the city with the united nations of indians on the other side, meaning the iroquois. the method of doing business with those barbarians may do you some amusement. that is a pretty condescending statement for franklin to be making of this. certainly it reflects many of the attitudes of his contemporaries, that these were savage people living in the forest. when he says barbarians, he is sneering about it to his agent in london. this method of doing business, franklin once to tell his london wants to tell his london agent how to do this business on the frontier. in that phrase, this method of doing business, is a very
important fact to realize. came to colonial america and met with native americans, it happened on native american terms. in order to ensure a good trade, peace, they had to get together and conduct diplomacy with native american people. the protocols and customs and language and metaphors that govern the diplomacy were not european and arjun, they were native american in arjun. -- in origin. europeans had to learn to conduct business on their t urf, by their method. -- link franklin, when he publishes the treaty of lancaster, sense 200 copies off to his agent --
hiss 200 copies off to agent of london so people can learn of this context of diplomacy. historians, when they talk about diplomacy between native americans and europeans in the colonial era often use a metaphor that i like, which is the middle ground. they use diplomatic negotiations reflecting a middle ground between european power and interests in early america and native american power and interests. the fellow who pioneered the use of this metaphor is a historian named richard white. he was writing about the french and directions with algonquian peoples living in the great frontal years -- great frontiers. there was this middle ground where neither the french nor the need of americans had the upper hand in terms of military power or strength.
each side wanted something from the other for a trade. each side had to learn to negotiate somehow with the others. these people were culturally different, strangers, there was a language divide. white, when he wrote about the middle ground, describe not only this geographic territory, the modern-day midwest where french and native peoples were coming together, but this metaphorical middle ground where each side is feeling out the other, trying to comprehend the worldview and develop some means of communicating back across the cultural divide. we will use that metaphor today and apply it primarily to the english colonies in british north america as they dealt with native american peoples and sought this diplomatic middle ground to negotiate with them. look at this middle ground as it developed in the context of ritual, how
diplomatic rituals emerged that helped europeans and indians comprehend each other. there were two complexes that europeans learned to use when the engaged with native americans. one was algonquian in origin, think of the language group with talked about and many native peoples who were connected to that language group, especially in the great lakes region. ,nd the other was iroquoian related to upstate new york, modern-day ontario, who spoke lynwood is of the stock -- spoke the languages of the stock. the ceremony was associated with algonquian native american peoples from the great lakes region. pipe thatny was a native americans use. native americans grew tobacco before europeans showed up, they smoked tobacco for all sorts of
reasons. one of the reasons they smoked tobacco was for ritualistic purposes, a way of greeting strangers, offering hospitality, initiating and closing diplomatic negotiations with each other. when you did it for that purpose, when you smoked tobacco for diplomatic reasons, you smoked it out of this long stemmed pipe that was called a calamine pipe -- calimet pipe. this was a pipe that was made specific for diplomatic purposes with eagle feathers attached to it. made out of a soft, redstone found in minnesota and the indians could carve into a shape. we have seen this image before when we were talking about the for trading. this indian here is smoking a calumet pipe.
when people of all bank you and escentalgonquian d got together, with enough tobacco smoke is something that is very unpleasant and you don't want to be stuck somewhere where people are smoking, but their notion was that tobacco cleared the air of bad thoughts. carried awaymoked ill feelings, worries, concerns, and cleared the minds of people who were coming together to engage in negotiations. this is a french illustration of what the calumet ceremony looked like. image, likeeresting you would read a modern-day comic book strips, except you need to read it in this order. i have added numbers so you can take place of the action taking
place here. number one, the savage village. there is a native american community, then there is another group of and native -- f native americans traveling by canoe downriver and want to pass through the territory of these folks. but they need to do so in a way to make clear that they are arriving as friends, not here to make war, not here as aggressors . and so, the canoe goes ahead of the others with the calumet of -- of peace. this object here is the calumet. a canoe comes up out from the village to greet them. they see what is going on and the calumet ty-- pipes. the calumet is carried before the new arrivals, the visitors, as a sign of peace, and visitors come out of the village to greet them, there is ritualistic
dancing, then they are admitted into the village and ultimately they smoke the calumet as a way of proving the friendly intentions, and the locals provide hospitality and they can go on with their business. that is how the calumet ceremony worked. this has entered the american idiom of english through the phrase smoking the peace pipe. we have all heard that as a way of making amends, making peace. that is the origin of that phrase in english, from the calumet ceremony. the other primary ritual complex that was used in native american and european diplomacy was iroquois and -- iroquois -- iroquoian in origin. in 1744, the iroquois league, the five nations as franklin
map tothem, this is a kind of give you a very brief introduction into the iroquois league, or confederacy. at the time of colonization, when the dutch showed up, there were five nations in the iroquois league. ,rom east to west, the mohawks the senecas, etc. they occupied a territory commence or it with modern-day upstate new york, the city of buffalo. in the early 18th century, a six-nation migrated northward from north carolina and joined the iroquois league. sometimes, you will hear references to the five nations and sometimes, the six nations. even though they came from north carolina, they spoke a similar
language and had a similar culture. that is one of the reasons why they came up and settled in this region. the subtle between northeastern pennsylvania and central new york. -- settled between northeastern pennsylvania and central new york. ,he iroquois had similar power like the chesapeake, and the specific territory between french canada, ontario, and dutch new netherlands and english new york. they occupied this very strategic territory. diplomacy with the iroquois would be very important to the french, dutch, and english to reserve the for trade. when the europeans engaged in this diplomacy with the iroquois , had to learn something about the -- known as the condolence ceremony. i will tell you a little bit about how they condolence ceremony worked. when the iroquois league got
together to renew friendship and alliance between the member nations, they began their negotiations with each other by engaging in a condolence ceremony, whereby each nation offered its condolences to the other nations for losses they had suffered since the last time they met. orebody important had died, perhaps there had been warfare with outsiders, casualties, and so forth. the opening message was condolence to assuage the grief of those people who were suffering losses since the last time they met. this was expressed by exchanging wampum beads and belts. s were beads made out of marring shells found on the shores of new england.
they weren't born to the -- were important to the iroquois because they held a lot of spiritual power. it became the symbol of condolence. you began by exchanging beats on s on strings.ad giving threebout strings of wampum to dry the tears, open the years, and clear the throats of those who are grieving so that they could now see, hear, and speak clearly again. this was a symbolic way of recognizing the burdens that people brought with them to these diplomatic negotiations and the wampum was meant to clear away all the bad thoughts. doing the service that tobacco was doing in the calumet ceremony. so you could now see, speak, hear clearly and engage openly
in these diplomatic negotiations. when wampum beads strung together on strands of leather, you could make it wampum belt. this is what one may have looked like. this is acrylic wampum that i purchased from some folks who used modern methods to re-create this for people involved in the reenacting community and things like that. it is a really good approximation of what the size of these looked like, and especially their color. they were made out of two colors, white and purple. they represented the marine shells they came from. those contrasting colors could then be woven into designs as belts. we will see some of these a little later. a lot of these designs like you see here had these geometric patterns that emphasize linking. diamonds of arms,
linked at the corners. that is meant to show unity and strength. wampum often was used to symbolize war or mourning. to symbolize peace and well-being. these material devices that were used to engage in the condolence ceremony, you can pass it around. diplomat,e a european you better bring your wampum. if you don't have wampum, your message is meaningless. this is an example of how the native american customs and rituals or something that europeans had to learn to use and manipulate if they were going to treat with the indians and get their objectives.
another type of gift that was exchanged in the context of the condolence ceremony were black strouds. they were navy blue, produced in england, and laura big part of the text challenge -- textile exchange. they became black to cover the grades of the deceased, to allow relatives to put away the grief of those who had died and again, clear that years, eyes, and throats. do we have any questions about the condolence ceremony or the calumet ceremony? >> yes. how did the british learn how to make it? did they trade with other indian m, or didor the wampu they learn how to make it themselves?
timothy: many manufactured wampum before europeans showed up, but they also bring tools tot make it much easier manufacture wampum. it tends to get much smaller, because they are using are in tools to grind and then drill holes from the beats. -- beads. native americans continue to make wampum, but europeans also become interest to and purchasing it. it becomes commodified in early new netherlands, uses money -- used as money when the economy is just developing, and by the 18th century, with a wampum being mass-produced for the purpose of engaging in this type of diplomacy. the belts themselves were generally made by native american women. 250 indians arrived for the treaty of lancaster, approximately half of adult
males, the other half were women and children. when the negotiations were going on, many of the women are spending time creating the wampum belts that will be exchanged in the course of the proceedings. .t is a native american art contact with europeans changes the production losses in value, but it is still very much a native american process. we will talk a little bit about the treaty conferences that so fascinated franklin. in our modern view, if i say to you treaty, you probably think of a document. think about the treaty of versailles that ended world war 1783the piece of paris of which ended the american revolution. we tend to think of treaties us texts that are the result of negotiations, and europeans who
treated with native americans had generally specific objectives -- had, generally, specific objectives to talk about issues that have come up that need to be resolved. matters of war and peace, we need to convince native allies to go to war with us, we need to convince some enemies to make peace with us, or they might have issues about the fur trade, we need to initiate contact with these people so we can expand our for trade into that region. -- fur trade into that region. by the mid-18th century, a big part of these treaty negotiations involved the repatriation of captives, europeans trying to get native have beenwho they warring with to return captives they have taken. these are things europeans often brought to the negotiating process. ideally, a treaty would produce a written document that put all
this down in writing in the end the europeans could archive it and refer to it the next time they had an issue with the natives. the native american perspective was different. for the native americans, the treaty was about process as much as it was about objectives. equally as much, maybe even more so, that you observe the proper rituals and customs and engage in this treaties than any specific objective that was reached or agreement written down at the end. the iroquois, when they wrote about or talked about treaty making, used a couple of very interesting metaphors. one was polishing the chain. they talked about their alliance with english colonies as the covenant chain alliance. aging has many links, together they have strength. they talked about the need to periodically brighten the chain or polish the chain so it would
not rust and break. you periodically have to get together with us and reenact these rituals so we know that you remain a person of good will and a person willing to treat us as equals. they also use another metaphor of clearing the path. exchanging contact between native and colonial communities occurred along a path. and that path would become overgrown and have rambles, trees, all sorts of obstacles, and therefore periodically, you needed to get together and clear the path so that trade and communication remains open between both sides. this tension developed in the colonial era between native peoples who sought treaty making is having these relations without writers. -- with these outsiders. europeans who didn't have a lot
of patience for this, they tended to want to treat only one there was a specific issue, they didn't like the amount of time these treaty negotiations took or the expense that was often involved with them. a tug-of-war develops between colonial governments, trying to minimize the time and expense of these treaty conferences, and native american peoples s aying, you need to show us proper respect, that you care about us as allies and trading partners, and so forth. those treaty negotiations take place throughout the 17th and 18th century, and they become increasingly frequent over the course of the colonial era as colonists get worn down by the mand that colonists treat them according to these terms. to get a little more savvy about how to engage in this business and go about doing it.
what did a treaty conference look like? in lancaster, the indians are in town for about 2.5 weeks, so 250 , delegationswn from three colonial governments, what is going on? what makes it a treaty conference? the primary activity is making speeches. each side giving speeches to the other side to express discontent, to express potential --olutions, conflicts resolutions to complex, perhaps make proposals about the way they want to change their alliance or something like that. this speechmaking occurred around a council, usually convened in public, both native americans and europeans attached
the notion of propriety to having public meetings. that there would be other observers. meetings that did not happen in call backat we might room deals, they call it happening in the bushes. meetings that happen in the bushes have the connotation of people pulling the strings behind the scenes, perhaps acting out of selfish interests than representing the interests of their people. both sides liked the idea of convening the street is in times some convened in philadelphia, some in albany, some in boston. generally speaking, native americans preferred they occur in frontier towns, they were easier for them to get to and they were not as threatened by communicable diseases. smallpox was a threat for
indians who traveled to those regions. eastern pennsylvania, lancaster pennsylvania, albany new york were small frontier towns that became center to this diplomacy. map is an image from a produced in 1765 that shows the treaty conference happening of the ohio frontier after a british military expedition into the region. it is not a perfect image, but it's one to approximate what happened in 1744. you have a group of officials in this case, british military on ones sitting around side, and a group of males on the other side. this indian is making a speech at the council fire and has a wampum belt he is holding in his
hand as he makes his speech. if you look around the scene, diers.e the soli what i love about this images you see women in this image. you have an indian woman here with a child, another indian woman here with a child. and another one right here. they are all kind of part of the scene. they are all listening to what is going on in the proceedings. the proceedings have legitimacy, because they are out in the open. noting, aave, worth colonial secretary serving the purpose of stenographer, taking down notes, reporting what is going on. which is a very -- raises a very interesting peoplen, if these were
of native american and european descent and they did not speak each other's languages, how did they actually communicate with each other? ways are two primary through which that happens. i want to spend some time now talking about that. the first is interpreters. it is very important to have interpreters who could relate the substance of the speech given by one side to the other side. over the history of these see several different types of people emerge as being kind of the typical interpreters. missionaries. we know missionaries made an effort to learn native american languages. missionaries often served as interpreters industry conferences. they are converts, native american christians who have learned perhaps french, dutch,
perhaps english, well enough to serve as interpreters. you might also have for traders serving as interpreters and native american women that for traders had married who picked up language by virtue of their engagement with native american communities, native american women who lurk some european -- languageome european from their husband, or children with biracial heritage, the product of these unions. growing up with a foot in each culture would be capable of doing this. other people who might serve as interpreters are captives. native americans are europeans who had spent time, sometimes unwillingly, among the other side as children. children absorb language very quickly.
sometimes, the interpreters were people who spent time willingly or unwillingly among the folks on the other side. indianeuropean side, children had been placed in schools in an effort to educate them in the english language or catechized them. people who had been taken captive during wars in indian families would serve this role. at the treaty of lancaster, the most important interpreter was conrad weiser. did you ever heard of conrad weiser before? he was an early american with a fascinating story to him. if you drive east of gettysburg and you going to him and country, you will find the conrad weiser homestead, a state historic site you can visit today. he was born in germany and came
yorkin the 1710ths to new -- in 1710 to new york and moved up into the noah holcombe -- the mohawk valley region to find land. he lived as a pretty insular -- in a pretty insular german-speaking community that did not want to be bothered by folks. as a young boy, conrad weiser was taken by his father and placed in a local mohawk community. the german immigrants wanted somebody to develop the language skills to communicate with them. as a boy, he went to live with the mohawks and learned the mohawk language. as an adult, he moved into pennsylvania, he came down the susquehanna valley and became a fur trader. because of his language skills, he became an interpreter for the colony of pennsylvania, also
served as an interpreter for the ec -- the colony of virginia, had a pretty good reputation. americans liked him, they spoke of him of having -- as having two sides. they considered him to be fairly unlike a lot of interpreters they did not trust because they made have an of a different -- might have been of a different ethnicity. weiser had a good reputation not only for his ability to understand native linkages, but interpret and teach the protocol of diplomatic exchange. york scottish official who migrated to new york at about the same time as conrad weiser, in the 1720's, wrote a history of the iroquois.
he was very much interested in the iroquois league. the book is still read today because it is probably the first history of the iroquois written in the english language. this is what he had to say about native americans. like many of his peers, he was fascinated by native american speech but did not speak the language himself. he had to rely on interpreters. suspect the interpreters may not have done justice to the indians' eloqu ence." he has witnessed indian speakers were able to move their audience even though the audience did not understand what they were saying.
an indian speaker his audience, wearing togas, around the public forum. this notion that europeans had that there was this innate gift to communicate through speech without necessarily relying on words to do so. what does that mean? gesture, the posture of their voice. all the things were evidence of the indians' eloquence. check out this image. this image is based on the image we saw earlier with the map in the ohio country. this image was done for the american artist benjamin west, who i already mentioned to you, living in london in the 1760's.
he was being published and did this image for the publication. i want to point out a few things to you about this. here is our indian speaker. he is pointing with his finger. he is at the council fire, he has a wampum belt in his hand, we have these other indian fellow sitting around him. then, look at his audience. bouquet,olonel henry marched out to the ohio country. this is the secretary who was writing things down. these are officers or listening. ofk at the tension, everyone these listeners, even among the native american listeners, they are enraptured by this fellow speaking. the one thing we do not see in this image is the interpreter. what is the artist trying to
tell you? he is telling you this native american simply by the sheer force of his presence and eloquence is moving these people. the guy, with his hand over his heart. this guy concentrating, living on the shoulder of the fellow in front of him. this guy, writing it all down. but clearly, they are being moved. franklin,e benjamin thomas jefferson, the enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century, believed native american societies were -- thany younger than therefore,cieties, that of americans were closer to the origin of creation and time than europeans. what does the creation story tell us? up until the tower of babel, everyone spoke the same language. to punish humanity, they divided
that into different languages. all human languages ascended from a common root. while native americans were younger than europeans come other languages were literally closer to that common root than european languages. people like franklin and jefferson believed he said study native american languages for this purpose, it will help you understand the origins of human languages around the globe. they also believed that very first natural language was still hardwired into us. and so, if you heard it being spoken, the words would still movie. that is what this image is telling you. even though you can't understand the words, the gestures, the cadence, the movement of the speaker, there is this emotional wallet is packing that is being communicated.
the speech is a source of fascination and interest among bees folks. i can pause for a minute and answer any questions. i want to talk about another type of exchange that went on at these treaty conferences, the exchange of objects. ways in which europeans and indians communicated without necessarily making speeches or sharing words. rituals of exchange. we already mentioned wampum belts. i wanted to go back a little bit and talk about them in terms of their design. you did a reading for today based on a treaty conference that william johnson was having in niagara and in detroit. if you paid attention, you saw whenever johnson or indian contemporaries were making a speech, the points of the speech were punctuated by wampum strings or belts.
these became devices not just for offering condolences and initiating treaty proceedings, but also devices to make your meaning clear to an audience that perhaps did not speak the same language as you do. generally speaking, the larger the belt, the bigger the point you were making. that is when you read the johnson document, you see references to a large belt, a belt of this many strings versus a belt of that many strings. the wampum curated some message. -- created its own message.
this is a wampum belt that has human figures that are linking arms, holding hands, they look like paper cutout dolls. that image of linkage, whether it is human figures are a chain or geometric design like diamonds are rectangles, is meant to emphasize a certain parity, volitional alliance, it hierarchy, but a design that says we are all legal partners in this particular alliance. wampum worked that way. another great image of a wampum belt. this is a black wampum belt. purple or black symbolizes war. the white has been used to form the image of a hatch. one of the other very common idioms of american english that arises out of this of lunacy is taking up the hatch -- this era of diplomacy is taking up the
hatchet or bury the hatchet. this is where the symbolism come from, it is meant to symbolize taking up the hatchet and going to war with me against the common enemy, or bury the hatchet and review trade. wampum belts could be accepted, , the other side may say no thanks, we will think about that before we accept that belt. in some cases, they were rejected, kicked away or thrown into the dust, a way of expressing extreme anger, not only to refuse the belt, but abuse it in some physical way. other types of exchange that rink,on here, food, d and tobacco were important to how treaty negotiations began
and ended. when indians travel to a colonial town like lancaster or eastern pennsylvania for treaty conferences, they expected to be treated well by the colonial hosts. that would involve oftentimes toasts when they arrived, a feast at some point during the course of the proceeding, and provisions for their families while they were encamped on the edge of town and all the stuff was going down. that is why the stuff was so expensive for colonial government. they are always on the clock, let's get this thing moving. the indians are always like, well, we like it here, aren't we going to have a feast tonight? oft was the indians' way drawing out the proceedings and making it more expensive for the colonial governor, making it more pliable for him to hear their complaints and then to there will. -- bend to their will.
there are thoughts that rome was flowing freely, they were using rum was flowing frilly, they were using alcohol to get what they want, but for the most part , with the emphasis of things being open and in the public, there was not abuse. theas more commonly used in context of hospitality rituals, offering a toast in the beginning, in the end. at the end of the lancaster treaty in 1744, the governor of pennsylvania is wrapping things up and calls for a toast to the indians. , he hasthe first toast these cordial glasses brought out and has rum poured out in a very small amount. the next they come of a comeback and the indians make their closing speech and the governor calls for a toast again, only
this time, they asked them to bring out big wineglasses filled up with rum. wereid, yesterday those french glasses, now, we are giving you the english classes. meeting the cheap were french, they don't provide you the hospitality that we do. this toast symbolizes our much superior regard for you. way alcohol might be used in this context. another way connections were made where the exchange indians would give names to colonial governors that would admit them into these alliances. and those names would pass from one colonial governor to the next. the governor of new york was core layer -- corlair. wasr that, every governor
named that. in pennsylvania, the governor was named onus. pun forctually a william penn's name. onus meant feather, quill. every subsequent colonial government of pennsylvania was known as onus in the negotiations. in 1744 during the lancaster treaty, they are given the name to carry hogan, the honored place in between. between the government of pennsylvania and the government of virginia. of course, when these names happen, there is an expectation there would be presence offered
presents offered in response, so they would host a feast in their name. conrad weiser, at one point, during the treaty of lancaster, system with the colonial delegates that are about to have dinner and says we have to go over some etiquette issues here, guys, and tell them the proper way to a direct with these native american dinner guest they are going to be having. that kind of emphasis on not just talking to the indians, but also learning to engage with them in their social way is very important. let's wrap up here by talking a little bit about the outcome of these treaties, what kind of artifacts they produce.
so, the colonial secretary would be jotting down notes. if an agreement was reached especially when it came to land, the land session, native americans would have their names written out by the secretary and then they would write the sort of pictographs next to their names representing, usually clan totems, to chief of a particular nation. that was a big objective of the colonial governors when they convened, to get indians to sign a document. documentture on the means they agreed to this land session, the agreed to this points we addressed. then in some cases, not all, but in some cases, those treaties were published. colonial printers like benjamin franklin published these. franklin published this one in 1745. a year after the treaty of lancaster.
these were not bestsellers of their day. but, they did circulate. oftentimes, editors give gloss as to what was going on to try to explain the rituals that were described here. so, they did become kind of a guide for people who were interested in understanding the rules and protocols of native american diplomacy. in the case of the treaty of lancaster that did circulate in london, the chief iroquois speaker gave some very famous speeches at the treaty of 51caster, so famous, in 1750 a london novelist was writing a romance novel, he had a character falling in love with an english girl and he had been dead for five years when he did that. becomes figure had familiar enough to readers in
london that he could serve his purpose in a romance novel. the native americans themselves, of course, there was this distrust of pen and ink work, 20 to the secretary, saying we know the guy writing that stuff down is not necessarily serving our interest. it came to land purchases and whatnot that often times what was written down did the thought that occurred at the treaty conference. wampum belts became the equivalent of the printed treaty or manuscript treaty for the native americans. wampum belts were kept, could be brought back out and subsequent -- and subsequent speakers toed by remind europeans -- native american speakers to remind
europeans of what they agreed to and intous treaties, the 19th century, they were kept as a way of trying to preserve the history of these diplomatic relationships for the native americans. this had their origins in the colonial period. today, the unique nation of native americans in the united states, the fact that they had this kind of semi-sovereign status that separates them from the state in which they lived is a legacy of this treaty making that occurred in the colonial era and revolutionary era. it was recognition that indians operated as separate sovereign nations who met in these diplomatic situations to negotiate and conduct their own affairs in their best interest. when they claim a special relationship with the federal government today is this thing
from relationships with the state government, they are basing those claims on treaties that were signed in the 19th, 18th centuries. supreme court is interested in treaty signed after 1776, but you get the idea. treaty making is at the core of native claims to sovereignty to this day in the united states. any questions before we wrap up? well, we are going to end there. thank you all for coming. see you on monday. we will talk about captivity . announcer: you can watch