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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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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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.
One of the earliest treaties made, it was signed by Cornplanter, Red Jacket, Handsome Lake and President George Washington in 1794.
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.
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.
Missionaries, adventurers, nationalists, and educators such as the missionary John Eliot, Henry David Thoreau, James Fennimore Cooper, George Copway, William Apess, and Handsome Lake are among the individuals whose works, influences, and encounters are thoroughly explored.
I grew up in the Handsome Lake tradition of the Iroquoian Longhouse.
Robertson and others relate the story of alcoholism and redemption contained in his song "The Code Of Handsome Lake," the tragedy of the Wounded Knee Massacre in the mid-1800s, the struggle of the American Indian Movement uprising in the mid-1970s at the same location, and how Hollywood and the mass media have portrayed Native Americans.