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Jon Parmenter

Prof. Jon Parmenter

Associate Professor

324 McGraw Hall

Drawing on archival and published documents in several languages, archaeological data, and Iroquois oral traditions, The Edge of the Woods explores the ways in which spatial mobility represented the geographic expression of Iroquois social, political, and economic priorities. By reconstructing the late precolonial Iroquois settlement landscape and the paths of human mobility that constructed and sustained it, Jon Parmenter challenges the persistent association between Iroquois 'locality' and Iroquois 'culture,' and more fully maps the extended terrain of physical presence and social activity that Iroquois people inhabited. Studying patterns of movement through and between the multiple localities in Iroquois space, the book offers a new understanding of Iroquois peoplehood during the critical period of early contact with intruding settlers. According to Parmenter, Iroquois identities adapted, and even strengthened, as the very shape of Iroquois homelands changed dramatically during the seventeenth century. An expert in early American history – Native, British and French - Professor Parmenter has published widely in journals and books.


  • Ph.D University of Michigan, 1999
  • M.A. University of Western Ontario, 1993
  • B.A. University of Western Ontario, 1992