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S. Minsos Professional Synopsis

 

Academic, Canadianist, Philosopher, Essayist, Dr. Minsos is a published Canadian Writer of seven interdisciplinary print and audiobooks, including four historical-academic novels and three academic works.

Every written word is based on the philosophy outlined in the Culture-Club series.

Latest book: Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies.

Author owes boundless gratitude to the opus of brilliant Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861 - 1922).

 

 

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Dr. Susan Minsos

Robert Bray, photographer, 2014

Dr. Susan Minsos, PhD 

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Thayendanegea

Gilbert Stuart, artist, 1786.

Davis Family, c 1898 

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Local colour: time and space

And most of all, there are the little details that flavour an era – for instance, squirrel burgoo was a popular dish. Kerosene was not yet in use, and the telegraph was in its infancy. Steam engines had stared to come into their own.

 

Mid-nineteenth century, ancient First Nations' culture clubs were disintegrating and re-forming. Newly arrived, the most prestigious Anglo-Americans (UEL) sought to come together to create culture clubs with a common purpose (they were united in being anti-"Indian," and anti-Black – aka, anti-coloured). With colonial help, including the courts, some entrepreneurial robber-baron settlers and some Indigenous opportunists claimed dominance. Nineteenth-century leaders in various Anglo-American and Haudenosaunee culture clubs attempted to gentrify their communities on the backs of two protocols: rabid English loyalism and aggressive land acquisition. 

The American Revolution (1776 - 1783) created English Upper Canada (Canada West, Ontario).

 

But, swayed by our ignorance via colonial propaganda, those of us who are interested in the life of Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) ought to avoid making a grave mistake: The Mohawk Pine Tree Chief, though allied with the Crown, was not an English-loving loyalist (United Empire Loyalist/UEL).

 

Other members of the Haudenosaunee (post 1812–1815) may have declared their loyalty to the British Crown. Brant, who died in 1807, cannot be counted among them.

 

Like Pontiac, Tecumseh or even John Norton, the "controversial" Brant felt his people were caught between a rock and a hard place. 

 

There was no right answer. No right side to pick.

 

After European pathogens killed millions of the Indigenous, several foreign populations administered the coup de grâce: These strange populations swamped the extant First Nations (and to some extent, the Métis) and claimed their territories.

 

For over three hundred years (before the American Revolution), the North American continent witnessed nothing but war and death. The eighteenth-century turned the continent into a bloodland.

 

Brant (c 1743 -1807) was a European nation's Indigenous ally (for a time); nonetheless, if we are to believe John Norton (and not William Claus or C. M. Johnston), Brant remained "loyal" to his home and his people. From 1784 until he moved to Burlington (c 1802), Brant lived in the Grand River settlement, only to confront constant criticism. Why were the people not sovereign?

 

To protect the idea of the confederacy's sovereignty on the Grand River, Brant was relentless in seeking ways to increase critical mass.

Post revolution, the Indigenous population issue was especially salient because the Haudenosaunee's Upper Canadian territory (the Haldimand Tract) was far larger than a small number of displaced persons could control, or patrol.

 

Historian James Paxton describes Brant as a "Canajoharie Mohawk."

 

Arising from his leadership experience with the German Palatines of the Mohawk Valley during the revolutionary war, "Captain" Brant felt grateful to the non-Indigenous "volunteers," who fought with him. Brant was a visionary; Yes, the vision backfired. But in his day, Brant foresaw and tried to forestall the mess that awaited a fractured native diaspora. As a "Canajoharie Mohawk," Brant believed sovereign oversight might allow for a diverse but law-abiding citizenry – Black Americans included. *See Angela Files, African Hope Renewed.*  

 

In Canada West, trying socio-cultural events brought individuals and peoples into conflict and exacerbated many feuds.

 

How it's going: Except for citizens of the Grand River settlement (many of whom didn't/don't like Brant) and except for areas within or near the Haldimand Tract, the name Joseph Brant has fallen into an historical sinkhole.

 

Notwithstanding the war chief's alliance with the Crown, his vital contribution to the British side in the revolutionary war, and ultimately, his serving the cause of Canada rather than the United States, Thayendanegea is almost forgotten.

 

In twenty-one years of teaching at the University of Alberta, many of those years in Canadian Studies, I frequently asked about Brant but no one knew his name, let alone the enormous debt the nation of Canada owes him.

 

Academic research and background

Hope was the word. Always hoping to get the community's numbers up, Brant continuously claimed sovereignty for the people. The British Crown, of course, continuously denied it. More broken promises. More deception. More despair.

But we must never forget. The Grand River Haudenosaunee were very wealthy, mostly thanks to land and timber sales. The British "banked" Six Nations' monies in general revenue – to be invested (1832 - 1845) in the disastrous Grand River Navigation Company. In deplorable outcome, the ensuing story of the Navigation rivals David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon (Osage Nation oil head-rights' tragedy).



*Angela E. M. Files writes "According to records, Joseph Brant encouraged native people to intermarry with black people. [Brant's] daughter Elizabeth Brant (by birth name or adoption) married ex-slave John Morey. [The Moreys] were given 200 acres of land on the Bishop Gate Road near Falkland, by Captain Joseph Brant. Later it became the Tew farm. [Elizabeth and John's daughter] Catherine Morey married John H. Henderson, an ex-slave from Maryland. Their son, Cyrus H. Henderson, married Martha Marshall and lived on the family farm on the Henderson Road named by Brant's County Council to honour the family. The graves of Elizabeth and John Morey were ploughed under by the new owner of their former farmland." African Hope Renewed: Along the Grand River 1400s–1800s. Brantford: Taylor Made Printing, 2004, p82.

      Haudenosaunee attitude to enslaved Blacks

Selected bibliography, some examples

Extensive research into the Mohawk trilogy, by example, runs as follows:

(Stone, Kelsay, Paxton, Taylor, Hale, Fenton, Tooker, Weaver, Graymont, Benn, Johnston, Innes, Backhouse, Smith's Canadian Gazetteer), Plus Canadian Geography, Ancestry.com, Mormon records, census records, cookbooks, vital statistics, and hard-to-find local histories, monographs and dissertations. 

(CampbellQuirkMaracleReville, Files, MacDonald, Bruce E HillArculus, Heeney, Bonneycastle, GreeneFaux

Sivertsen) and Burr-Davis family bibles, all of which proved to be invaluable sources for understanding the wherefore of the writer's ancestors (1845). 

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Publications - Print & Audio

CELA and Eschia Books, Audiobook - Sky Walker, Tehawennihárhos. Book 1. Mark Demeda, Reader. David Stinson, Production Manager. Available for borrowing at CELA libraries. Book 1 of the Mohawk Trilogy, Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos, was chosen for audio production by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Soon available on Amazon's Audible.ca.

Three Rascals Press - Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies. Kindle and paperback available on Amazon Prime.

Margaret E. Atwood@MargaretAtwood Nov 25, 2022. Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies by Susan Minsos. ⁦@PhillipsPOBrien A propos of left-right convergences. Plus a bonus: Are women funny? [Check out] goodreads.com 

Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies

DELC - Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: Charter, Mohawk Trilogy, Book 3

Foreword Magazine Review Rating: 5 stars out of 5  "[Charter's] lovable, intricate characters and the challenges that they face every day, from protecting their lands to safeguarding their hearts, are an irresistible draw." Lillian Brown

Audiobooks.com - Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos and the Battle of Vinegar Hill, Book 2, DELC, producer. Elijah Lucian, reader. Eric Svilpis, production manager.

Audiobooks.com - Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos, DELC, producer. Elijah Lucian, reader. Eric Svilpis, production manager.

Eschia Books - Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos, Mohawk Trilogy, Book 1

Dragon Hill Publishing - Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos and the Battle of Vinegar Hill, Mohawk Trilogy, Book 2. Writer awarded Canadian 150-year commemorative pin for books 1 and 2 of the trilogy, recognizing their contribution to Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation. Lectures to public (on the Grand River Navigation Company's scandal), sponsored by Government of Canada grant, given at the University of Alberta, and later, at MacEwan University during her tenure at the latter as Writer-in-Residence.  

Spotted Cow Press – Squire Davis and the Crazy River

Spotted Cow Press - Weird Tit-for-Tat: The Game of Our Lives

Podcast with Bob Chelmick (CKUA) about the matrix game of socialization, producer, Spotted Cow Press. 

Spotted Cow Press - Culture Clubs: The Art of Living Together

Published, Human Universals and Cultural Illusions – focus on Canada and Japan, published in Reports of Serial Lectures on Canadian Studies. Tokyo: Meiji University, Centre for International Programs. As head of the Canadian Studies program at the University of Alberta, Dr Minsos was invited to lecture at Meiji University. 

Presenter, British Association of Canadian Studies, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Topic: English-Canadian speech and British expressions.

ERA. PhD Dissertation – Narration, Dialogue, and Plot Structure in Duncan's The Path of a Star, The Imperialist and Set in Authority

Great Plains Quarterly – Reviewer, “The History of Prairie Theatre” by E. Ross Stuart. 

Canada Theatre Review – Author. "The International Fallacy at the House Shocter Built."

ERA. MA Thesis – Toward a Myth of Community: James Reaney's Trilogy: The Donnellys

Canada New Play Reviews – Principal Reviewer, NeWest Magazine.

Course co-designer. Summer (for teens) and Winter (for High School teachers in Public and Catholic High School systems, Edmonton) drama classes and exhibition, and An Introduction to New Canadian Playwrights, done consecutively. Co-creator, with Sally Williams. Sponsored by Government of Alberta. 

Formal Education

Doctor of Philosophy - English (Canadian) Literature 

University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alberta

Master of Arts - English (Canadian) Drama 

University of Alberta | Edmonton, Alberta 

Bachelor of Arts - English and Philosophy

Western University | London, Ontario 

                    Just Us
"Offerings and Prayers for Genebek Ziibiing"  Christi Belcourt

"The Three Fates" (Weirdo Sisters) 
Kiff Holland

The Six Principles of Weird Tit-for-Tat

1. The shape of a culture club is a triangle (a few dominators regulate many compilors), and the triangle, a graphic of a power structure, exists within the never-ending circle of life. The herd reacts to current affordances – all power structures are the same, only manners differ, culture club to culture club;

2.  One "race;"

3.  No gods;

4.  Our limbic system does not fight with but complements our intelligence (get your machinations off the limbic, AI.);

5. Contemporary affordances affect an individual's socio-political choices - who dominates, who complies, who defects;

6. Female is the biological default.

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