Handsome Lake

Also found in: Wikipedia.

Handsome Lake,

1735?–1815, Seneca religious prophet; half-brother of CornplanterCornplanter,
c.1740–1836, chief of the Seneca. The son of a Native American mother and a white father, he acquired great influence among the Seneca and in the American Revolution led war parties for the British against the colonial forces, particularly against Gen.
..... Click the link for more information.
. After a long illness he had a vision (c.1800) and began to preach new religious beliefs. His moral teachings showed a similarity to Christian ethics and had a profound effect among the Iroquois. He advocated giving up the nomadic Native American life in favor of agriculture, much to the disgust of Red JacketRed Jacket,
c.1758–1830, chief of the Seneca, b. probably Seneca co., N.Y. His Native American name was Otetiani, changed to Sagoyewatha when he became a chief. His English name came from the British redcoat he wore as an ally of the English in the American Revolution.
..... Click the link for more information.
. Though Christian missionaries opposed Handsome Lake's religion, it nevertheless persisted alongside Christianity.


See The Code of Handsome Lake (tr. by A. C. Parker, 1913, repr. 1968); A. Wallace, The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca (1969, repr. 1972).

Handsome Lake (b. Kaniatario)

(?1735–1815) Seneca political/religious leader, half-brother of Cornplanter; born near present-day Avon, N.Y. After experiencing a series of visions (1799), he began preaching the traditional values of sobriety, family, and community. Elected a tribal leader in 1801, he convinced the U.S.A. to guarantee Iroquois land boundaries and to stop liquor sales on the reservation; he also urged his people to take up farming. His principles, subsequently influenced by Quakers, were published in 1850.
References in periodicals archive ?
Drunks: An American History" introduces the reader to a colorful cast of historical characters including a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, a drunk who stopped drinking and dedicated his life to helping his people achieve sobriety.
Finan introduces the reader to the a colorful cast of characters beginning with a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who was a drunk that stopped drinking and dedicated his life to helping his people achieve sobriety.
There's the story of Handsome Lake, half-brother of a Seneca chief and prophet.
Parker claimed that his great-grandmother was a direct descendant of the Seneca prophet, Handsome Lake, and a great niece of the famous orator Red Jacket.
6-mile section of 345-kV transmission line connecting the new substation with an existing transmission line running between Homer City and Handsome Lake.
Handsome Lake did not directly challenge the matrilineal principle; he made it plain that the nuclear family was both the moral and economic center of the Nation.
First, Wonderley's discussion of the changing mythic representations of Sky Holder (the "Good Twin" in the Iroquois Creation narrative) over time leads him to conclude that the early nineteenth-century Handsome Lake religious revitalization movement represented "a far more comprehensive overhaul" of Iroquois "cosmogonic ideas" (64) than historians and anthropologists have recognized to date.
Flooded in 1966 as a part of the Pittsburgh Flood Control Project, the upper Allegheny River valley was once home to more than 160 Seneca families and, is still, the spiritual birthplace of the Longhouse Religion founded by Seneca prophet Handsome Lake.
Haudenosaunee knowledge of the Great Law and the Code of Handsome Lake was shared with all Indigenous people in attendance.
We know you are a loyal friend, but the story of Handsome Lake is sacred to us, and we will be rehearsing it in our sanctuary.
Hiawatha articulated for the Iroquois Deganwidah's conception of peace, which Handsome Lake tried to restore decades later.
In Teachings from the Longhouse, he both shares and preserves the teachings of Handsome Lake, a Seneca Indian born in 1735 who developed a code of conduct for his people to live by to help them survive the changes brought about by European contact.